Gallant is not really heavyweight size but he's not that small either. Probably the 6'0 200 range now anyway. He is a real deal fighter/goon and very capable of embarrassing much bigger fighter/goons. I put him in the goon category because he's not really a very good player. He kicked the crap out of Haley--another smaller player who embarrasses bigger guys. And having said that I wouldn't mind Gallant in our organization.
The fight between Gallant and McIlrath was more or less even--a bit more perspective on it though--Gallant is a little older and more matured into his body. The fight also occurred in McIlrath's first game of the season--he was coming back from a kneecap dislocation and it was already some 30 games into the season for everyone else. It was a really good test for him all things considering and I think he did well to pretty much give as well as he took.
Mark Borowiecki is only 6'1, 200lbs but he's a tough SOB and a pretty good player as well. 49GP-4G-14A-19P along with 153PIMs in the AHL this year, in his rookie campaign last year he was an AHL allstar. He was recently named the captain of the Binghamton Senators, our AHL affiliate. Kid is as mean as they come. had 26 hits in the 6 games he was up with the big club, which is 355 hits in a full season, would be the most hits from a defenseman in NHL history. Watching his fights on youtube, most of them start off with a huge, often questionable hit from Boro, and end with him fighting an enforcer - kid doesn't back down from the heavies. He delivers some good shots, but he takes a lot as well. Not sure if it's in his best interest to be fighting NHL heavies, but I'll be willing to bet he won't be backing down from many fighters, no matter how tough.
Michael Sdao is a 6'4, 220lbs defenseman that fits the tough guy description pretty well. He's a pretty solid fighter, and a good player as well. Skates fairly well, has a bomb of a shot, but his main contributions on the ice is through his physical play; he can throw some big hits. The Murrays are pretty high on him, and there's a lot to like. His first couple fights since arriving in Binghamton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6fo5dnlgWY, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PawfzguIAqo
Eric Gryba is a big, strong shutdown D that has been logging 20 minutes a night as a rookie for us on our depleted blueline. I wouldn't call him a goon, but he fights and is very physical. Not sure he fits the description of a tough-guy defenseman in the McIlrath mold, but he's a good young d-man who should have a career as a very gritty defenseman that isn't fun to play against.
McIlrath is pretty much what you named. Basically he's a Matt Greene with 90% winning record in his career fights. Big Ranger fan here, and have seen him play in HFD, chatted with him, and followed his progress since he was drafted. He is the only athlete that fits the bill, unless you wanna consider Gudbranson a prospect.
I've seen McIlrath rag doll a AHL heavyweight on the guys knees, make him look at McIlrath's fist, talk down to him, and feed him punches to the head while the guy cowers. That guy was 6'2" 220, and averaged 18 fights a year in his career, so it wasn't just a non-fighter. People who have seen him in the dub longer than I have can probably attest to the nastiness that Dylan can bring.
In his last year of junior everyone was afraid of him. Totally changed the way the opposition played when he was on the ice. No poking at the goalie, no pushing, shoving, or mouthing off. Nothing. They were all scared ****less.
Keegan Kanzig is a legit heavyweight who is draft eligible. He isnt that good of a player though imo.
Mason Geertsen is a pretty big/tough kid too (draft eligible). His play is average.
Mike McKee (Wings prospect) could throw with any of these guys, but he's closer to being a goon. He's going the college route to hopefully learn how to play hockey along the way. He's just enormous: 6'4, 230 at 19. The Wings thought he was the toughest player in the 2012 draft.
529 PIM in 101 USHL games the last two seasons. 44 PIM in 8 playoff games.
Last edited by France Nielsen: 04-14-2013 at 07:18 PM.