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10-16-2010, 12:31 PM
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We'll pick Todd Marchant, C to center our third line and kill penalties.

Selke record:
8th(2000), 10th(2001), 7th(2003)

Prolific penalty killer:
On the ice for 45% of his team's PP goals against, 26th all-time among post-expansion forwards:

Major short-handed threat:
-28 career SHGs (24th all-time), despite playing in a generally defense-first era.
-5 times top 10 in SHGs (4 SHGs twice and 3 SHGs three times)

Originally Posted by wikipedia
Marchant played nine full seasons as an Oiler (1994–2003), serving as an alternate captain for his last few seasons in Edmonton. He was known as one of the fastest players in the NHL, and used his speed mostly in a defensive capacity. He scored the first round Game 7 overtime goal that eliminated the Dallas Stars from the 1997 playoffs, taking a pass from assistant captain Doug Weight and speeding by a stumbling Stars defenceman to score on Andy Moog. Marchant would go on to lead all players in shorthanded goals in the 1997 playoffs, with 3. In doing so, he became the first player in 8 years to score 3 shorthanded goals in the playoffs. The last player to do it was Chicago Blackhawks forward Wayne Presley in 1989.
Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
(after the 1995 lockout) he became a fixture in the Edmonton line up with his speed symbolizing the crux of the team's improvement.

In 1996-97, Marchant helped the Oilers qualify for the post season for the first time since 1992. He also provided the overtime winner in the seventh game of the club's first-round upset victory over the Dallas Stars. Over the years Marchant proved to be one of the more durable player for the Oilers and during the 2002-03 season he hit the 20-goal plateau for the first time while establishing career highs also in assists with 40 and points with 60.
-Kyle MacMahon, HOH board regular and Edmonton Oilers fan picks Marchant to center the 4th line on his all-time Oilers team:


-13 points in 16 games in the 2006 playoffs (led the Ducks in postseason assists with 10)
-Stanley Cup in 2007

Originally Posted by Kyle MacMahon via PM
His defensive game, while acknowledged, was still a bit underrated IMO. He played against the other team's top line without interuption from about 2000-2003 as I recall, while being a primary PKer. If he had played in Toronto or New York, he's probably at least a Selke finalist in a couple of seasons.

He was good defensively from a technical aspect, but importantly, he was a real ***** to play against as well. Frustrated opponents without ending up in the penalty box or earning a reputation as a dirty player. This was a player that showed up 82 nights a year as well. You never left a game questioning his desire.

He wasn't a great scorer (hands of stone), but he was very consistent, you could pencil him in for 30-40 points basically every single year, so you knew what you were getting. He didn't waste any offense either. For a guy who only averaged around 15 goals annually, it seemed he scored an inordinate amount of key goals. No garbage time offense in 6-0 games, Toddy usually saved his goals for when they mattered.

Marchant was likely second in line to be named team captain when Doug Weight left and Jason Smith took the C. One of few guys it seems that left Edmonton on good terms. Columbus threw a pile of money at him after his career year of 2002-03, and Kevin Lowe wasn't going to outbid them, in what proved to be a wise decision. Glad to see him get his name on the Cup with the Ducks though (even if it meant Chris Pronger also did!).

Marchant was nicknamed "Opie" by his Oiler teammates, in reference to the character played on TV by a young Ron Howard.

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