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08-07-2013, 07:48 PM
God Bless Canada
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The 1989-90 THN Yearbook produced a story, "The Book of Lists," that, while not as strong as the story the year before, offered plenty of goodies when it comes to insights for players.

Future coaches (Listed in order): Kevin Lowe, Mike Liut, Doug Wilson, Mike O'Connell, Jim Korn, Dirk Graham, Rick Meagher, Bernie Federko, Rejean Lemelin, Dave Tippett (they were definitely right on that one), Dave Taylor, Kelly Miller, Brad Marsh, Doug Smail, Harold Snepsts.

Rick Vaive and Craig Simpson's choices for the toughest defencemen in front of the net:

Vaive: Rob Ramage, Chris Chelios, Lee Norwood, Gilbert Delorme and Curt Giles.
Simpson: Brad McCrimmon, Ramage, Chelios, Scott Stevens and Kjell Samuelsson.

Bobby Smith's choices for the top defensive defencemen (Looking back, No. 1 really surprised me):

Jamie Macoun, Steve Smith, Kevin Lowe, Mike Ramsey and Kjell Samuelsson.

Player poll on the fastest skaters per team:

Boston: Ken Linseman
Buffalo: Phil Housley, Christian Ruuttu
Calgary: Jamie Macoun, Paul Ranheim
Chicago: Denis Savard
Detroit: Petr Klima
Edmonton: Mark Messier, Kelly Buchberger
Hartford: Sylvain Cote:
Los Angeles: Ron Duguay
Minnesota: Mike Gartner
Montreal: Russ Courtnall
New Jersey: Jim Korn
Islanders: Pat LaFontaine
Rangers: Tony Granato
Philadelphia: Pelle Eklund
Pittsburgh: Paul Coffey
Quebec: Jeff Jackson
St. Louis: Rick Meagher
Toronto: Al Iafrate
Vancouver: Petri Skriko
Washington: Geoff Courtnall, Kevin Hatcher
Winnipeg: Brad Jones.

Alternate careers other than hockey:

(Okay, this isn't really relevant, and I won't cite the whole list, but No. 1 was "Claude Lemieux, European soccer star," and for those of us who watched him play, we can see why).

Brian O'Neill's top five goalies since the 1967 expansion:
1) Ken Dryden
2) Bernie Parent
3) Billy Smith
4) Gerry Cheevers
5) Grant Fuhr

Top faceoff players (Listed in order):
Joel Otto, Mark Messier, Guy Carbonneau, Patrik Sundstrom, Ron Sutter, Brent Sutter, Steve Kasper, Ryan Walter, Barry Pederson, Tim Kerr, Christian Ruuttu, Lucien DeBlois, Thomas Steen, Dale Hunter and Peter Zezel. (Surprised that Zezel was as low as 15).

If you're looking for a good resource on intangibles, the best source is the Hockey Scouting Report. Not sure if it's still released each year or not, but it was a terrific resource for a lot of years.

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