Man,some tough polls here today.It's Tocchet for me but not by much.I would have liked to have seen Wendel in his prime playing on some better teams though.I think we would all have a better read if that had happened.
Tocchet is possibly my favourite player ever, and I will not vote against him. However, Wendel had much more talent and was a better gamebreaker. I could argue either side and feel confident I was right.
I'll take Tocchet, he had the better career and was a better all-round player. He also had a slightly better record of staying healthy than Clark. He was, year-in, year-out, the Flyers best player in the late 1980s, had three 40-goal seasons, a 100-point season (playing with Mario, granted, but was still a PPG player during his prime from 1987-1996). He was consistently over 150 PIMs during that stretch, too. A better playoff player as well.
Being the Leafs best player in the mid 1980s to early 1990s was about as hard as being the best player for the Mississauga Ice Dogs their first three or four seasons.
I was a big Wendel Clark fan. Liked him more than Tocchet, not that I wasn't a big Tocchet fan. Many will talk about how injuries hampered Clark's career, but Tocchet was ravaged by them, too. When one looks at the careers, the facts and their play, Rick Tocchet is the better warrior.
I never actually seen either play (seen Tocchet play but he was way way past his prime so that doesn't count) but from what I hear, I would take Tocchet because of his effectiveness and longetivity. However, I don't doubt that Clark is the better player of the two and was the better player in his prime. However, because Clark's injuries, I think it is an easy choice for most people to take Tocchet.