% of team's hits and games missed due to injury
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09-18-2012, 04:28 PM
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He throws some punishing hits, but Markov has thrown a big hit, or two himself, but he's far from physical.
Tucker's body broke down because he got drilled as much as he drilled people. That in combination with the fact that he wasn't very skilled to begin with caused for the decline of him. He was bought out by Toronto because he wasn't affective on the scoreboard. He could still agitate the **** out of the opposition by running his mouth, throw a hit, or even showing his punchable face.
Players like Neely it's hard to tell because his injuries came from Samuelsson's cheap shots. Eric Lindros' decline was from concussions because he never had to worry about anyone having no fear of hitting him and actually slowing him down/putting him on his ass until the NHL.
Shanahan was this type of player and his skill level remained relatively high throughout his career.
Wendal Clark was like this, heart and soul guy, but imo wasn't very skilled.
Rick Tocchet, and Kevin Stevens were the same. Physical guys who could put a puck in the net, but didn't have any finesse. I think both played over 1k games too.
I'm sure there were a few players who came into the league in the late 80's early 90's who could hit, fight and score and seemed to seemingly come out of nowhere and then fade away a few years later?
Gary Roberts had a long career.
A lot of physical players who scored goals faded out because their skill ran out before their body.
Lucic is more likely to become less and less of this dominating beast physically and on the scoreboard because what skill he has fades away before his body gives in.
Ovechkin is an interesting case. A guy who is tremendously skilled, but will run anyone and everyone over.
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