Better Career So Far: Hossa vs Kovalchuk
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11-17-2012, 12:21 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
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Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg?
Toews, Kane, Keith?
Hossa is a phenomenal player, one of my favourites for sure and he doesn't get the love he should... But he wasn't the guy driving the bus. He wasn't a back seat passenger but each of those teams were fantastic teams with or without him..
Just "for the record":
07/08 Penguins Playoffs: Hossa led the Pens in goals(1 shy off the points lead by Crosby, but had 6 more goals) and had better corsi numbers than every other pens forward/d-man on the team.
Arguably the best skater in the playoffs for the pens that year (Fleury was on fire that playoffs). Arguably "driving the bus" this year.
08/09 Red Wings Playoffs: Not a ton to debate on Hossa this year. He was by all means somewhere between the 4th and 7th most important player on the team that playoffs.
09/10 Blackhawks Playoffs: Hossa wasn't a top 4/5 impact player on the team. So no debate here either.
Summarized, on 1 deep playoff run Hossa was the main skater driving the bus for the pens, and that says something when you are on a team with Malkin/Crosby. Hossa is one of if not the best checking/defensive/2-way winger in the nhl when 100%(or was at least) and he's always been capable of 35-45goal/80-100pts seasons in the past, and obviously was capable of being the best skater on a stanley cup run finals playoff team. I agree, no 1 player makes a team, no question about that but it goes for everyone. A healthy malkin would still miss the playoffs with the Blue Jackets last year, but Hossa is one hell of a player and nothing short of an elite 2-way 1st line winger in his prime. Point is, acknowledge great players for themselves, players of Kovy/Hossa's caliber can be the top guy on deep playoff run teams, they won't always be but Hossa has proven he can do it.
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