quick is one of mine, not only coming off a conn smythe but a avid ranger/richter fan growing up, seems like a class act off the ice as well, if hank was gone and had a chance at the 29 other starters imo he is the best on and off the ice
I like the Predators. I'm a casual follower of them. It's fun and relieves stress, unlike the Rangers who build stress and are the source of much of my stress to begin with.
Players: Brooks Orpik, Ilya Kovalchuk, Justin Abdelkader, Rob Scuderi, Kevin Bieksa, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Wayne Simmonds, Alexei Emelin, Ladislav Smid, Jaromir Jagr, Lauri Korpokoski.
Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Jason Pominville, Eric Staal, Joni Pitkanen, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly, Jamie McGinn, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Loui Eriksson, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall, Kyle Quincey, Ladislav Smid, Dmitry Kulikov, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Alexi Emelin, PK Subban, Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Colin Greening, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, Jakub Voracek, Andrej Meszaros, Antoine Vermette, Mikkel Boedker, Martin Hanzel, Lauri Korpikoski, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Kris Letang, Martin Havlat, Brent Burns, Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, Douglas Murray, TJ Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Kris Russell, Alex Pietrangelo, Viktor Hedman, Mattias Ohlund, Nikolai Kulemin, Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn, Jake Gardiner, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Sami Salo, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Mike Green, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Alexander Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian.
Maybe I should narrow it down to a top 10 or something.
Easily Kopitar since he came in the league in 2005. I have arguments with people about how he's the most underrated superstar in the league, better than Nash (when the whole Rangers should get Nash saga was going on), etc.
Others; Evander Kane, Gabriel Landenskog, Jason Pomminville, Ryan Clowe, Shea Webber, Jaime Benn, Louie Erickson, Pekka Rinne, Dustin Byfuglien (I hope he's not slowing down with the knee and weight issues).
Used to really like Orpik until he cheap shotted Stepan. Now I hope that McLIrath can become the new Orpik and kick his you know what.
Wayne Simmonds (since his rookie yr, just really like the way he approaches the game)
David Clarkson (a tough sob, agitating, good 2 way player and isn't dirty, has a "it's just buisness" way of manning up when he has to.)
I will preface this with two statements. These are the players who I appreciate a lot on other teams, not necessarily who I want on the Rangers. Also, I really hate that I like the Flyers squad these days, but I just like a lot of their guys.
Giroux, Hartnell, Voracek, Couturier, Parise, Tavares, P. Bergeron, Plekanec, E. Staal, J. Staal, Heatley, Setoguchi, Doan, Datsyuk, Selanne
I think its telling how there are no D--men or goalies on that list. NYR's are the best. If I had to think of my top four favorite D-men in the league regardless of color, they would all be wearing blue. And obviously the same goes for my favorite goalie.
Claude Giroux, John Tavares, Jon Quick, Pav Datsyuk, Loui Eriksson, the big 3 down in Tampa (Stammer, St. Louis and Lecavalier), Travis Hamonic, Bobby Ryan, Joe Pavelski, Kris Letang, basically the entire 2010 USA Olympic roster... i can go on and on. but guys i hate?
Pronger, Hartnell, Clarkson, Kovalchuk, Brodeur (i respect what he's done, but i don't like the guy), the majority of the Penguins roster, Chris Neil