1) Tom Webster
2) Blaine Stoughton
3) Erik Cole
4) Kevin Dineen
5) Josef Vasicek
6) Christer Abrahamsson
7) Pierre Larouche
8) Mark Johnson
9) Justin Williams
10) Brandon Sutter
Others receiving votes: Eric Staal, Justin Faulk, Rod Brind'Amour, Ron Francis, Kevyn Adams, Casey Borer, Pat Boutette, Jeff Brown, Mike Antonovich, Aaron Ward, Cam Ward, Radim Vrbata, Sergei Samsonov, Ulf Samuelsson, Risto Siltanen, Jeff Skinner, Mark Recchi, Jeff O'Neill, Greg Millen, Rick Meagher, Andre Lacroix, Andrew Ladd, George Lyle, Sami Kapanen, Mark Howe, Marc Fusco, Zac Dalpe, Pat Dwyer, Ryan Bayda.
Least favorite: David Tanabe, Tim Gleason, Larry Pleau (as a player), Dana Murzyn, Gordie Roberts, Mickey Volcan, Josef Melichar, Marek Malik, Chris Kotsopoulos, Kevin Hatcher, John Garrett, John Cullen.
Did I date myself with my list? My dad took me to my first Whalers game in 1974 at The Big E in Springfield, Mass. Got an autograph from Al Karlander, who was out with a broken foot. I think I need to add him to the honorable mention section.
Gary Roberts (Canes have never adequately replaced what he brought on the ice)
HM: Ray Sheppard, Kevyn Adams, Kevin Weekes, Joe Vasicek, Justin Williams, Matt Cullen, Eric Cole
Disclaimer Note: this list was my favorite Canes(Whalers) players on the ice not necessarily the who I think were best Canes(Whalers).
I know Primeau and Shanahan left on bad term but they brought snarl on the ice.