Best player to take enemy star "out from his game"?
I was wondering who is the best player to have when your team is being manhandled by opposite team star. I don't mean player like Yzerman who can play amazing hockey against anyone. I don't mean Gretzky/Lemieux kind of superstar who can turn the play by sheer offense.
I am looking for a player like Tikkanen, who can, in critical moments, take the opposing star out by only intimidating/annoying you out. Someone who gets under your skin.
Tikkanen and Lemieux, from my generation. I thought Avery would be the next from that mould in 2008, but he never recaptured the magic. Hasek and Roy got some players to grip their sticks a little too tight as well. I know Perry wanted to be that kinda player, but it never quite happened, and he's better for it.
If I had to choose one of Tikkanen and Lemieux, it would be Claude Lemieux though. Fun fact: He and Tikkanen are the only non-HOF players to have three separate playoff runs with at least 10 goals.