Thornton is 6'2. I know you want to make your argument stronge but...
Clowe and Thornton had a draw in their first and only fight.
And i doubt he is only 217 (i know nhl.com says he is).
Most sites say 6'1" I believe but, whatever, height doesn't really matter. Thornton is around 217. Dropyourgloves.com has him at only 209. During the Winter Classic, the tale of the tape had him at 217.
Anyways, the point is, Clowe, for sure is not a middleweight and Thornton beat him in their first and only fight.
As many have said, Clowe's size is far from middleweight.
Originally Posted by sharked out hog
out of all the top middleweight guys i think clowe is the most skilled player. i would take him on my team over any of the other guys mentioned. as for fighting im not sure if he is the best but he can certainly handle most guys on the ice.
I'd say Iginla and Lecavalier are the most skilled.
Ok i guess what i meant by middle weight is "light heavyweight".
Clowe is 6'2 225 but that is not heavy weight size.
Iginla and Lecavalier are not in Clowe's catagory.
Clowe is the best fighter of guys that can/have score 50+ points.
Heavyweight is typically >200-205 lbs. I don't see why Clowe wouldn't be classed as a heavy at 225, among the likes of Brashear, Godard, etc. Chara/Boogard/Laraque are getting close to Super Heavy territory, but they're all still Heavies IMO.
Lecavalier is ~220 lbs, Iginla ~210 lbs. I don't think Clowe would rag doll either of them, and I fail to see why they wouldn't be in the same category.
Clowe might be the best and most skilled 225 lbs fighter named Clowe, though.
I think size is not a factor when it comes to "weight class". You are who you fight, If you fight Laraque, Godard, Orr, Boogeyman etc. Then you are a heavyweight. If you're fighting guys like Asham, Carcillo, etc. you are a middleweight. Two example of heavyweights that didn't have the size are Tie Domi and Stan Jonathan.
Chris Neil Shawn Thornton, and Cam Janssen would be heavyweights. whereas Clowe and Malone for example are middleweights not because of size but because of fighting skill.
That's how I see it at least. But to answer the question, no Clowe isn't the best middleweight. Right now I'd say Rypien, Carcillo, and Asham are in the running for the top middleweight. Although Carcillo will often fight out of his class (both above and below).