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04-18-2011, 10:08 AM
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Joel Otto, C

Originally Posted by LOH
Joel Otto was one of the NHL's best two-way centres during a career that spanned 14 seasons. The 6'4" behemoth was blessed with quick hands as well as strength, which made him a handful on faceoffs, along the boards, and in the slot. Otto was utilized in offensive and checking roles and was a strong leader wherever he played.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
The Flames needed someone to put a blanket over hockey's supreme power forward. Can you imagine a monster big enough and strong enough to quiet Messier? Not only would he have to be strong, but he'd have to be intelligent, defensively sound and a good skater. Could such a player exist?

The answer ultimately is no, but the Flames found as close a fit as possible when they signed the fearsome Joel Otto.

Otto was a 6'4" 220lb face-off specialist who loved to physically punish any opponent at any time. He became the prototypical 3rd line center that everyone wanted. Huge and strong and not afraid to demonstrate that fact, Otto was very good defensively, and excelled at puck drops. A dedicated athlete and tireless worker, he was a quiet leader.

Otto faced off against all the top centers in the league, shutting them down defensively and physically abusing them at the same time. But the Messier-Otto war-like grudge matches were classic.

"Those two had some incredible battles. He was the only guy I saw who could physically dominate Mark," said former Oiler Mike Krushelnyski.

The ultimate team player, Joel sacrificed his own offensive output for the good of the team. His defensive excellence was eventually noticed league wide, as he was twice a finalist for the Selke trophy as the league's best defensive forward, though he never won the award. He had overcome his early label of a monstrous thug to be one of the league's most valuable and sought after players.
Originally Posted by 1992-93 Parkhurst
Regarded as one of the strongest defensive forwards in the NHL, Otto routinely draws checking assignments against the game's star centers.
Originally Posted by 1990-91 Score
Joel, a powerful skater and tireless worker, is the Flames' best faceoff man. "The guy who gives me the most trouble on faceoffs is Joel Otto," said Ranger center Bernie Nicholls. "He's so big and strong, and he's quick, too. He's worked a lot at it."
Originally Posted by 1990-91 Topps
A strong skater with a long reach, Joel is often used to neutralize Oilers' Mark Messier.

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