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10-15-2010, 02:25 PM
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His mother was a figure skating coach so he got pretty special individualized training at an early age, Hedican said in interview before when asked about his speed.
You know that actually makes a lot of sense, not to completely derail the topic here. From an early age in figure skating you're taught to develop a certain kind of explosiveness and agility. I would think someone with that kind of training early on would have an advantage even if it's a slight one. It's to me in the same vein as Steelers great Lynn Swann being a dancer as well ranging from jazz and tap to ballet. It gave him a huge advantage over his contemporaries in terms of his jumping ability and his agility on the field.

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I wonder if that had anything to do with him meeting and eventually marrying Kristie Yamaguchi.... or am I thinking of someone else?
Same guy, and honestly that's an interesting theory.

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Philadelphia selects C Pelle Eklund



2x Top 25 Assists (24, 25)
455 points in 594 NHL games
1x Top 10 SHG (10)
89th All-Time Assists/game (only one other player in top 130 unpicked)
1x Swedish Golden Puck Award Winner for best Swedish player in the world(83-84)
1984 Sweden All-Star Team
1x Golden Helmet Award Winner for SEL MVP (94-95)
Leading scorer in 1984 SEL playoffs
1x Olympic Bronze Medalist
46 points in 63 career games for Swedish National Team
1x Bobby Clarke Trophy Winner for Flyers' MVP
1x Swedish Athlete of the Year
3x Top 11 Lady Byng Voting (9, 11, 11)
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In the 1980s Per-Erik Eklund, better known as Pelle Eklund, was a fantastic talent out of Stockholm. Blessed with skating, puckhandling and passing skills that, dare I say, at times rivaled everyone except maybe Wayne Gretzky.

Despite this, the Philadelphia Flyers and specifically head coach Mike Keenan were slow to exploit his talents.

Eklund was drafted by the Flyers 161st overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, surprisingly late for a player of his talents. Even more surprising, Eklund was passed over entirely in the 1981 and 1982 drafts.

1983-84 turned into one of the greatest seasons any Swedish player ever experienced.
His unforgettable season included an Olympic bronze medal, a Canada Cup second place finish, a Swedish Elite League championship, a Swedish Golden Puck award as player of the year, and the nod as the Athlete of the Year in all of Sweden. He was already a legend in Sweden, particularly amongst the loyalists of AIK Solna.

Eklund broke into the NHL in 1985-86. His impact was enormous, becoming a power-play quarterback specialist from the half boards. Using incredible vision, uncanny anticipation and the softest of hands, Eklund powered the Flyers special team. His favorite target was Tim Kerr, a giant of a man who stood in the slot, impossible to budge. Kerr scored a NHL record 34 PP goals that season. Ilkka Sinisalo was another favorite target of Eklund's generosity. He scored 19 PP goals.

Eklund himself chipped in with 8, more than half of his 15 goals for the season. But his true value could be found in his team leading and league-wide rookie leading 51 assists, most of which came on the power play.

Most of Eklund's points came on the power play because of coach Keenan's unexplained reluctance to use him in any other situation. He was almost strictly a power play specialist early on in his career, sitting on the bench much of the rest of the time, or toiling on a rarely used 4th line.

Keenan was a tyrant of a coach who loved big, physical two-way players. Eklund was tiny at 5'10" and just 170lbs. He was never to be confused with a physical player, almost always operating from the perimeter. He also insisted Eklund had to shoot more. Though he was a good shooter with a career 13% shooting average, he remained a pass-first player all of his career, a common trait of Europeans of that era.

Though he never fit the Flyers stereotype, even Keenan could not deny Eklund's natural talents. Perhaps the most talented of all Flyers players (quite a claim considering the likes of Brian Propp and Mark Howe were around), Eklund was an elegant skater and was a surprisingly good defensive center and would become a good penalty killer. But playmaking was his forte.

Keenan was eventually won over when it came to giving Eklund a full opportunity to shine. That was best illustrated in the 1987 playoffs when the Flyers made it all the way to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, only to lose a heartbreaker to Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers. Eklund scored 7 goals and 20 assists for 27 points that spring. Only Brian Propp, with 28, scored more points for the Flyers. And only Gretzky scored more assists. Eklund was especially dominant in the Wales Conference finals against Montreal.

Having finally won over Iron Mike Keenan, the sky seemed to be the limit for Pelle Eklund. But he would never get over the 70 point barrier that he should have passed by March 1st. Part of this was due to the Flyers surprisingly quick decline into one of the weaker teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was also bothered by a series of injuries, namely to his knees. He would play through the injuries, rarely missing a game, but rarely would he play at 100%. He also had to deal with personal hardships, as his wife divorced him and took their son back to Sweden.

Good times returned for Eklund as he helped the Swedes capture gold at the 1991 World Championships. But Eklund's productive days in the NHL were over. He was dispatched off to the Dallas Stars at the trading deadline in 1993-94, but after an unsuccessful run in the playoffs, Eklund opted to return to Sweden.

Eklund continued to play with Leksands IF until the end of the decade. Eklund returned to near-hero status in Sweden, despite his unpopular decision to play for Leksands, where his new wife lived, over AIK. Leksands had to pay $1M Swedish dollars to acquire his rights, but it was well worth it as Eklund won the Swedish Elite League MVP award. Eklund's legion of AIK fans even serenaded him with their own song.

He also remained a regular with Tre Kroner, the Swedish national team. In total he played in 126 international matches including 6 world championships and an Olympics.

In his 9 year NHL career, Pelle Eklund scored 120 goals, 335 assists for 455 points in 594 games.
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Pelle Eklund was one of the most gifted skaters and playmakers to play for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers all-time leading point getter among European-born players, the elegant Eklund spent eight seasons in Philly. As popular as he was with the Spectrum crowd, his Philadelphia popularity paled in comparison to the hero status Pelle enjoyed back in Stockholm. Per-Erik "Pelle" Eklund is a rather unique player in Flyers lore. He did not fit the stereotype of a Flyers forward; rather, Eklund played more in the traditional Montreal Canadiens mode. Eklund was small, lightning fast, and finesse-oriented. After Bobby Clarke, Eklund may have been the best pure playmaker the Flyers have ever had. He is the Flyers all-time point leader among European-born players and ranks among the Flyers all-time top assist leaders (8th overall).

Pelle worked his way up quickly through the ranks of Swedish hockey, making his Elitserien debut for AIK in 1981-82. He quickly became one of the better players on the team, showing brilliant puckhandling and playmaking ability. Eklund also possessed a soft finishing touch but strongly preferred passing the puck to shooting it; a trait that would mark Pelle's entire career. Eklund quickly became popular with the AIK fans. NHL scouts were also taking some notice. After his sophomore season with AIK, Eklund was selected in the 8th round of the 1983 draft by the Flyers braintrust of Bob McCammon and Keith Allen.

Eklund blossomed into stardom the following year, becoming a folk hero to the AIK fans and emerging as a strong NHL prospect. Eklund excelled at penalty killing as well as the powerplay. His line with Rolf Edberg and Peter Gradin was one of the best in Swedish hockey history. After enjoying a very strong regular season in 1983-84, Eklund went berserk in the playoffs, scoring 6 goals and adding 7 assists in 6 playoffs games as AIK rolled to the Swedish championship. Eklund also experienced success on an even bigger stage: the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. He put up 8 points in 7 games and was a major force in helping Tre Kronor to the bronze medal. The following season, Eklund scored 16 goals and added 33 helpers in 35 games, placing second in the Swedish league scoring charts. Not surprisingly, Eklund won the 1984 Golden Puck award as the player of the year in Sweden.

At Eklund's first training camp with the Flyers, the diminutive Swede made an immediate impression on his new teammates. Recalled Tim Kerr, "The first thing that impressed us was how Pelle skated, found the open man and made plays while skating, not gliding." Flyers coach Mike Keenan was not quite as impressed. Keenan loved Pelle's speed and his passing ability, especially on the powerplay, but he also viewed Eklund as being soft physically and far too hesitant to shoot the puck even when he had open shots. As a result, Keenan generally confined Eklund to 4th line and powerplay duty.

With the likes of Mark Howe, Tim Kerr, Brian Propp and Ilkka Sinisalo already assembled for the man advantage, the spectacular playmaking of Eklund made it all come together. The Flyers powerplay was nothing short of deadly with Howe at the point, Kerr in front of the net, and Eklund threading the needle. Despite his limited even strength playing time, Eklund racked up 51 assists and 66 points in 70 games during his rookie year. He assisted on no fewer than half of Kerr's 34 powerplay tallies that season. Said Dave Poulin, "From about our 50th game, Eklund was our top offensive centerman. He attracted so much attention that he freed his wingers. That's one reason why Tim was free for those powerplay goals."

This time, they stretched Edmonton to a full seven games in the Finals, despite playing with an injury depleted lineup. In the absence of Kerr, the forwards who picked up most of the slack were Eklund, Propp, and Rick Tocchet. It seemed that every time you looked up during the 1987 playoffs, Pelle was blowing by another defenseman to go in all alone. For a little while, at least, Eklund even lost his reticence about shooting the puck. Eklund was especially devastating during the Patrick Division Finals against Montreal. Pelle burned the Canadiens multiple times throughout the series. He even scored a hat trick in Game 4.

Once the game actually commenced, Pelle was back in his element. He tallied three points, helping the Flyers to down Montreal and win the Patrick Division title. Eklund's mastery continued into the Finals. In all, Pelle tallied 7 goals and a whopping 20 assists in the Flyers 26 games in the '87 playoffs.

Eklund made goalies look foolish when he got them one-on-one. Despite occasional frustrations with Eklund, Keenan came to have great confidence in the player. During the last season under Keenan (1987-88) and then during the Flyers coaching tenures of Paul Holmgren and Bill Dineen, Eklund came to see regular even-strength ice time at both center and left wing and even started to see time on the penalty killing units. Eklund was arguably the Flyers best overall forward in the lean years of the late 1980s through the early 1990s. Although Eklund only topped the 20 goal plateau once, he had 50 or more assists three times. In 1990-91, Eklund was selected as the winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers MVP.
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After awhile, Pelle was good enough to play in all situations. He had great lateral movement and gained the offensive zone almost at will. What's more, he attracted so much attention that he freed his wingers. That's one reason why Tim was so free for those power play goals.

From about our 50th game, Pelle was our top offensive centerman. His talents just snowballed after that.
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Regina, after careful deliberation, is going to get a goalie while the getting's good. It took forever to identify one that stood out, but we have our man.

- He is 3rd among available goalies in career wins (4 behind the leader)
- He is 1st among available goalies in career playoff wins
- He has the 3rd best "adjusted sv%" among available goalies (behind two guys who don't compare in the bove categories)
- He was 4th in Vezina voting in 1993
- He's been 2nd, 9th, and 9th in save percentage, and had four other seasons in the top-16, well above the league average

I never thought I'd get the chance to take this guy because he generally gets overrated and taken in the middle of the MLD. But he's now 120 spots beyond his lowest position ever, and about 340 past his average recent MLD selection point.

Felix Potvin, G
It was between him and Puppa that I was deciding. In fact, I toyed with the idea of taking Potvin as backup early to have both. Potvin's a pretty damn impressive playoff goalie, even if he never won it all.

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It was between him and Puppa that I was deciding. In fact, I toyed with the idea of taking Potvin as backup early to have both. Potvin's a pretty damn impressive playoff goalie, even if he never won it all.
I agree, he pulled off a few memorable series wins.

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Surprised you went with Potvin.

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Surprised you went with Potvin.
You can be surprised. But don't be surprised after I tell you I went over this, from every angle, and there was no doubt Potvin was the guy.

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Hedican wasn't a bad pick at all, but I think you got the better guy here.

Mitchell has been more relied on by his teams (slightly), averaging about half a minute more per game than Hedican. While Hedican played 34% of the time on the PK for average penalty killing teams, Mitchell has played 56% of the time for outstanding penalty kills. Despite providing little offense and playing a shutdown role, he has an excellent career adjusted +/- of +65.

I realize it comes down to what you're looking for in each particular pick, but I think Mitchell is decidedly better than Hedican overall, despite his fragility.
I wanted both. Hedican woulda been the best fit with Dorey.

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You can be surprised. But don't be surprised after I tell you I went over this, from every angle, and there was no doubt Potvin was the guy.
When he was good, he was an ATD back-up. But when he was bad, he wouldn't have been a 3rd goalie in single A.

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When he was good, he was an ATD back-up. But when he was bad, he wouldn't have been a 3rd goalie in single A.
Sounds almost like Vernon.

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Roy could have an off game, Vernon could have a bad game but Potvin wrote the book on stinking up the joint. The Cat was loved and hated.

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When he was good, he was an ATD back-up. But when he was bad, he wouldn't have been a 3rd goalie in single A.
Exactly. He knew how to be gosh darn the worst goalie you have ever seen in the NHL. He was a rich man's version of another goalie who spent time as a Vancouver Canuck (shall remain unnamed because undrafted but no one will ever draft that guy hopefully).

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Queen's University selects defenseman Sergei Starikov, the 10-year veteran of the Soviet national team, playing in 186 international contests starting in 1979 when he was Vasiliev's partner on the top pairing in the USSR's victorious best-of-three series win over the NHL's stars in the Challenge Cup. That same year he scored 4 points in 4 games against NHL clubs as a member of the Soviet Wings club in the Super Series. He scored 7 points in 7 games in the 1980 Olympics. He scored 3 assists in the 1984 Canada Cup. He scored 4 goals in the 1987 world championships. He also scored points in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, 1983 and 1989 Super Series, and in Rendez'Vous '87. All this despite being described as a stay-at-home defender. He is 10th in all-time games for a defenseman on the national team. In addition to his play against the world's best, he was a regular on the blueline in 9 Soviet league championships for the vaulted Red Army team.

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There are just no RWs that impress me offensively from the NHL, so I'm going to go off the board a bit and take 1980 Soviet League All-Star and "best line" winner in 1977 and 1979, Alexander Golikov, RW.

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- Another great offensive talent, and even better than his brother. Alex had 225 goals in 385 Russian league games. Finished 7th in the Russian league in scoring in 1977, then 6th in 1978, 4th in 1979, and 8th in 1980. Represented the USSR in 95 games, 43 of which were significant. He had 20 goals and 23 assists in those 43 games. Most significant were the 1979 WC, where his 12 points were behind only Petrov and Kharlamov, and the 1980 Olympics, where he led the team in goals and points. Chidlovski’s site says ” was one of the top scoring forwards of the Russian Elite League of the 1970s…Khimik was a rare Russian team of the 1970s that followed a distinct defensive style. Alexander Golikov managed to develop into a skillful scorer of the Russian League even with a team where scoring was rather secondary to a strict defense… Soviet hockey, Alexander Maltsev... Both Golikov's brothers played for the Team USSR and were inducted into the "Russian Hall of Fame" for their outstanding achievements… In 1974, Golikov was 22. He was selected as a candidate for the Team USSR 1974 at the Summit Series but he didn't play a single game in the Series.”

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Sounds almost like Vernon.
sounds like every goalie.

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The Tigers draft Dale McCourt.



* Averaged 30 goals per season over his first five NHL seasons (33, 28, 30, 30, 33)
* Averaged nearly a point per game his years in Detroit (337 points in 341 games)
* 1976 Memorial Cup MVP, 1977 CHL Player of the Year, 1977 IIHF WJC Best Forward

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McCourt was a solid point producer for Detroit but the team never built on its success in 1977-78. The club's absence in the post-season enabled the clever pivot to represent Canada at the 1979 and 1981 World Championships.

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sounds like every goalie.
I really disagree with your selection, to be honest. TDMM and I also went over the same guys we talked about and we are collectively smarter than you.

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Johnstown Jets select Winger Darcy Tucker



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Born in Castor, Alberta, Darcy Tucker was a junior star with the powerful Kamloops Blazers where he scored 116 goals his last two years. The feisty youngster helped the club win the Memorial Cup in 1992, 1994, and 1995 and was named to the Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team in 1994. In 1994 and 1995 he was placed on the Memorial Cup all-star team and WHL West First All-Star Team and was named the MVP of the 1995 Memorial Cup.

The industrious forward was chosen 151st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. A gold medalist with Canada's World Junior team in 1995, Tucker played three games for the club in 1995-96 but spent the bulk of his time with Fredericton of the AHL. After scoring 93 points in 74 games he was the recipient of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie.

Tucker went on to play parts of three seasons in Montreal before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in January 1998. Upon his arrival with the Bolts, Tucker went on to score 21 goals during the 1998-99 season and played the better part of the 1999-00 season before being dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the latter stages of the season.

During the 2001-02 season the former Kamloops junior established at the time a career high in goals with 24 and points with 59 and continued to be one of the Leafs hardest workers. Over the next few seasons, Tucker continued to add grit to the Leafs' line-up and he again record a 20-goal season in 2003-04. After sitting out the entire 2004-05 season due to the NHL lockout, Tucker returned to the Maple Leafs in 2005-06 to record a new career high in goals (33) and points (61). His career high point totals with the Maple Leafs would never be matched however, as his club struggled to find their way back into the NHL playoff picture. Tucker's sub-par 2007-08 season led to his contract buyout by the Maple Leafs. Days later Tucker was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche.

After two seasons in Colorado in which Tucker scored eight and ten goals respectively, the gritty winger decided to retire. Making the official announcement on October 1, 2010.


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many times I finished that phrase watching the guy play.

one of the best career agitators that could also produce on the scoreboard.

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A bruising, hard-hitting defenceman, Armstrong anchored the Boston blueline for every one of his 542 career NHL games after graduating from Stratford in junior hockey. He never rushed the puck, got into plenty of fights, and made it to the Stanley Cup finals twice, losing to Montreal in 1953 and again in 1957.

He played junior in Stratford in the late 1940s until breaking in with the Bruins in 1950-51. The following year was entirely with the farm team in Hershey until the playoffs when he was called up as a stopgap measure and played in five games. Amrstrong spent most on the next dozen years in the NHL.

In 1961-62, he started the season, as usual, in Boston, but was demoted after nine games. Two years later, he retired.
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I really disagree with your selection, to be honest. TDMM and I also went over the same guys we talked about and we are collectively smarter than you.
I didn't like Potvin at all in the MLD. At the AAA draft, I think he's probably an average starter without thinking much about who else is around.

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The skilled left-winger was the first member of the Detroit organization to pull on the famous No. 9 jersey and with 13-8-21 totals in 1926-27, was the first player to lead the club in all three categories. He also led the team with 60 penalty minutes that inaugural campaign and he and Ted Lindsay are the only players in franchise history to top the club in scoring and penalty minutes in the same season.
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Purchased from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Hockey League, the elder Sheppard was a bundle of speed, energy and courage. Called "Wee Johnny" due to his diminutive 5-foot-7, 165-pound frame, Sheppard was a rugged competitor who once worked as a trapper near the Arctic Circle. The deadly finisher possessed blazing speed on his skates.
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- SC winner with Chicago in '33-'34


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We'll pick Todd Marchant, C to center our third line and kill penalties.

Selke record:
8th(2000), 10th(2001), 7th(2003)

Prolific penalty killer:
On the ice for 45% of his team's PP goals against, 26th all-time among post-expansion forwards: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t...light=marchant

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-28 career SHGs (24th all-time), despite playing in a generally defense-first era.
-5 times top 10 in SHGs (4 SHGs twice and 3 SHGs three times)

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Marchant played nine full seasons as an Oiler (1994–2003), serving as an alternate captain for his last few seasons in Edmonton. He was known as one of the fastest players in the NHL, and used his speed mostly in a defensive capacity. He scored the first round Game 7 overtime goal that eliminated the Dallas Stars from the 1997 playoffs, taking a pass from assistant captain Doug Weight and speeding by a stumbling Stars defenceman to score on Andy Moog. Marchant would go on to lead all players in shorthanded goals in the 1997 playoffs, with 3. In doing so, he became the first player in 8 years to score 3 shorthanded goals in the playoffs. The last player to do it was Chicago Blackhawks forward Wayne Presley in 1989.
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(after the 1995 lockout) he became a fixture in the Edmonton line up with his speed symbolizing the crux of the team's improvement.

In 1996-97, Marchant helped the Oilers qualify for the post season for the first time since 1992. He also provided the overtime winner in the seventh game of the club's first-round upset victory over the Dallas Stars. Over the years Marchant proved to be one of the more durable player for the Oilers and during the 2002-03 season he hit the 20-goal plateau for the first time while establishing career highs also in assists with 40 and points with 60.
-Kyle MacMahon, HOH board regular and Edmonton Oilers fan picks Marchant to center the 4th line on his all-time Oilers team: http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=28212163&postcount=6

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-13 points in 16 games in the 2006 playoffs (led the Ducks in postseason assists with 10)
-Stanley Cup in 2007

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His defensive game, while acknowledged, was still a bit underrated IMO. He played against the other team's top line without interuption from about 2000-2003 as I recall, while being a primary PKer. If he had played in Toronto or New York, he's probably at least a Selke finalist in a couple of seasons.

He was good defensively from a technical aspect, but importantly, he was a real ***** to play against as well. Frustrated opponents without ending up in the penalty box or earning a reputation as a dirty player. This was a player that showed up 82 nights a year as well. You never left a game questioning his desire.

He wasn't a great scorer (hands of stone), but he was very consistent, you could pencil him in for 30-40 points basically every single year, so you knew what you were getting. He didn't waste any offense either. For a guy who only averaged around 15 goals annually, it seemed he scored an inordinate amount of key goals. No garbage time offense in 6-0 games, Toddy usually saved his goals for when they mattered.

Marchant was likely second in line to be named team captain when Doug Weight left and Jason Smith took the C. One of few guys it seems that left Edmonton on good terms. Columbus threw a pile of money at him after his career year of 2002-03, and Kevin Lowe wasn't going to outbid them, in what proved to be a wise decision. Glad to see him get his name on the Cup with the Ducks though (even if it meant Chris Pronger also did!).

Marchant was nicknamed "Opie" by his Oiler teammates, in reference to the character played on TV by a young Ron Howard.


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Am I the only one that's finding that there's a significant lack of quality wingers available at this point, but a whole lot of centers?

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Am I the only one that's finding that there's a significant lack of quality wingers available at this point, but a whole lot of centers?
Top-6 wingers, yeah. And quality offensive defensemen.

Tons of quality Bottom-6 wingers available though. And there are always a lot of quality centers and defensive defensemen.

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