Toughest Players in the NHL Today

August 18, 2013 Movies and Sports  No comments

imagesGregory Campbell: Hockey toughness can be defined in so many ways. It can be the Boston Bruins’ Gregory Campbell finishing his playoff shift on a broken leg after blocking a shot. It can a talented scorer enduring endless abuse from opposing checkers as he relentlessly pursues his teams next goal. It can be standing up to an opponent from a different weight class or taking a hit to make a play.

Toughness and courage are one display during virtually every NHL shift. It’s one of the things that makes our games so compelling to watch.

In today’s NHL, the role of the pure fighter has diminished as both roster spots and salary- cap space often leave teams in need of more versatile players.

The list includes fighters who play such an important role for their teams that can’t be ignored, as well as other skaters who play such an important role for their teams that they can’t ignored  , as well as other skaters who play bigger roles but can still bring the pain when needed. Different types of “tough” for different types of situations.

Jared Boll : Jared Boll doesn’t get a lot of attention as a career member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. With his team’s improving fortunes and move to the Eastern Conference, Boll may find the spotlight shining a little brighter in the year ahead. He may also find himself  facing some new dance partners.

Boll’s a 6’2, 219-pound 27 year old with well over 100 NHL fights on his resume. Having never logged more than 14 points in an NHL season, Boll knows his role in the eight minutes of ice time he receives each game and is successful more often that not in fights.

Milan Lucic: Can do a lot more than fight, but he’s not the one to back down from a scrap.

A prototypical forward, Lucic finished the 2012-13 regular season fifth in team scoring with 27 points for the Boston Bruins, as well as first penalty minutes. Lucic averaged about 16 minutes a game during regular season, which rose to nearly 21 minutes in the playoffs.

With just 14 play off  penalty minutes and no fights, Lucic was able to use his 6’4, 220- pound frame to punish his opponents with out putting his team at a disadvantage- a tough guy who truly knows how to pick his spots.

Brandon Prust : quickly became a fan favorite in his first season with the Montreal Canadiens .

The grinding left winger played a solid defensive role while taking on all comers on behalf of his teammates.

At 6’2 and 195 pounds, Prust is a middleweight who won’t turn away from a challenge. He generally acquits himself well when he drops the gloves. It’s the mark of a true tough guy to stand in, even when he might be at a physical disadvantage .

The rest of the toughest players George Parris: At 6’5 and 228 pounds: Montreal Canadiens,Mike Brown:Toronto Maple Leafs,Zenon Konopka: Minnesota Wild, Shawn Thorton: Boston Bruins, Chris Neill: Ottawa Senators,Colton Orr: Toronto Maple Leafs:Zdeno Chara: Boston Bruins at age 36 he remains the toughest of them all.


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