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07-30-2012, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by iCanada View Post
Maybe not the most underrated player of all time, but I think Esa Tikkanen is pretty damn underrated.

He put up solid numbers throughout his career while being an absolute pain in the neck for anyone on the other team. Seven time runner up for the selke trophy, with 244 goals, 630 points, and 1077 PIMs in 877 NHL games in the NHL regular season.

Not only that but he was an absolute monster in the playoffs too, often shadowing the best player on the other team while putting up fantastic numbers and scoring clutch series winning goals; in 186 playoff games he scored 72 goals, 132 points, and 275 PIMs.

Big, gritty, annoying, complete player. Like a mixture of Jere Lehtinen, Matthew Barnaby, and Patrik Elias.
I`d remember reading that he was the 1 player Gretzky really hated to play against after leaving Oil-county...

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