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McFly 12-17-2003 05:21 PM

Unsung Hero Award
 
We all know that guys like Mats, Nolan, Joe, Roberts and Eddie are mainly responsible for our winning ways of late. But who would you say has been our unsung hero?

Porn* 12-17-2003 06:40 PM

Tucker no doubt!!! lets get realistic here... he's got 10goals and is playing absolutly amazing.

Timmer 12-17-2003 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McFly_GoLeafsGo
We all know that guys like Mats, Nolan, Joe, Roberts and Eddie are mainly responsible for our winning ways of late. But who would you say has been our unsung hero?

Several worthy candidates in that group but my vote goes to Berg. He really doesn't get a fair shake. Just now some Leaf fans are seeing his worth. I don't expect the rest of the fans on this board to ever acknowledge that Aki has value. They will only be able to remember that one time that they saw him and he happened to give the puck away :shakehead

Their heads will be in the sand (being nice and polite here) every time the kid has a solid game.

Porn* 12-17-2003 07:36 PM

Aki has great potential... even though he is getting older. But he is definatly playing super hockey this year!!!

Leaf Army 12-18-2003 05:15 AM

An unsung hero isn't just a big sandwich at a Chinese restaurant. - Harry Neale

I voted for Aki Berg because he's been playing great and I think he best fits the description of "unsung".

Although Tucker does deserve some votes. How many people realize that he leads the team in PK minutes?

Douggy 12-18-2003 05:41 AM

Those guys are all playing well, and hadn't been in the past, but I went with Fitzgerald after much deliberation.

nordique 12-18-2003 05:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leaf Army
An unsung hero isn't just a big sandwich at a Chinese restaurant. - Harry Neale

Although Tucker does deserve some votes. How many people realize that he leads the team in PK minutes?

Is that a positive or a negative? Since when was taking lots of penalties always a good thing?

GoM 12-18-2003 06:30 AM

Toss up between Berg and Tucker

Quote:

Just now some Leaf fans are seeing his worth. I don't expect the rest of the fans on this board to ever acknowledge that Aki has value.
Contrary to popular belief, I've liked Berg since he's come over :p

Leaf Army 12-18-2003 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nordique
Is that a positive or a negative? Since when was taking lots of penalties always a good thing?

I said he's leading the team in Penalty Killing minutes.

You could make a case that he's arguably our best penalty killer.

Shawn 12-18-2003 07:15 AM

I picked Berg because he is having a very good year and has been playing very solild hockey so far. My second pick would have to be Fitzgerald who has found his spot on this team and who also has been playing very well, chipping in goals and always playing hard.

Mess 12-18-2003 08:03 AM

My answer is Stajan..

Reason being is that the youngster has been quite solid as a 20 year old on a Veteran Team ..

...but the fact that on a team with lots of older Vets...its was the rallying around the kid that pulled them all together and made them a team...

He is like there little brother out there and nobody better touch him..and when teammates start sticking up for each other, it makes them closer and the results are shown on the ice in their performance..

So Matty Stajan ...Hands down wins..for being the right kind of KID at the right time..

loveshack2 12-18-2003 08:06 AM

I picked Klee because I think he has gone a long way to stabilizing the blueline, potentially our most valuable defenseman. He has been very solid and has even has a chance to show some offense.

I agree with the Berg pick though. I was saying that he's been greatly improved a year and a half ago and he's still getting better. He's not quite living up to his 3rd overall billing yet, but at least now it's looking like a remote possibility one day.

Epoch 12-18-2003 03:50 PM

Darcy Tucker. He has been great this year. :handclap:

berney fkaj 12-18-2003 04:24 PM

Tucker

NJ_Devil_Boy 12-18-2003 05:56 PM

Robert Reichel

Verbal Kint* 12-18-2003 06:08 PM

Reichel.

Far too often have I heard that he can't do squat. Well he's scored 42 and 51 points the past two seasons, has been a constant defensive contributor, and has learned to check this year. Robert Reichel, you deserve this.

Note: On a philisophical level, wouldn't the person with the least amount of votes by the end of this vote truly be the "unsung" hero? hmmmm.....

Leaf Lander 12-18-2003 07:09 PM

Karel Pilar


somone had to vote for him :D

McFly 12-18-2003 07:20 PM

I expected Klee to get most of the votes, interesting. I figured it would be between he and Berg.

m-gro 12-18-2003 07:33 PM

I voted for Fitzy - excellent, hard working role player, versatile enough to be inserted wherever he's needed... all qualties he's displayed last season. Where he has stepped it up this year IMO is in his leadership. With the departure of Corson and Green, the more grounded, team-first leadership styles of the Fitzys and Klees are far more apparent and influential. Like Nolan and Nieuwy, Fitz has been one of the veterans who has had a more direct mentorship role with respect to the younger players he plays with on the same line. He's been more vocal as one of the team's spokesmen to the media... he's still the third/fourth line defensive forward from last season, but in terms of the intangibles, Fitzy's impact on the team morale over the past month has been huge.


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