Avery Nash and Barnaby are always willing to drop the gloves and take a beating for their team if they have to. They dont (often) take the vicious cheap shots Tucker does, and can back up their big mouths.
And when he needed to in a clutch: score goals, as he often did in the playoffs.
Except in Game 2 of the 1998 Finals when he missed a WIIIIIIIIDE open net that could have iced the game for the Caps, and turned the momentum in the series. Instead, he fired it wide, and the Wings rallied to win Game 2 in OT on their way to a sweep.
LOL...that was fun to watch.
Esa was a great competitor though. And a pest...definitly a pest.
Still, I think Ott's already a top 3/5 pest in the NHL and he will be hated more by each and every shift.
Even in the AHL he's a wanted man. Heck, even some of his own supporters can't stand him. The kid learned how to piss his opponents off in 10 different languages when he was 16/17, fights everyone, and everywhere, even though he can't fight himself out of a wet paper bag. He's just annyoing both physicly and vocally. I think most Stars/Oiler fans just have to love him for his altercation with Laraque in his rookie season during the playoffs.
I still remember his first NHL shift. Believe it was against the Preds. He jumped onto the ice, locked his target and skated as hard as he could towards his victim for the check. He litterly flew through the boards.. It was just the perfect introduction for him, it's what he's all about. Or you might remember him at the world juniors, he was the guy that leveled an opposing player during the pre-skate because he kept crossing over to team Canada's side. So he leveled him while the refs weren't even on the ice yet