Deflecting Shots - Wasn't Andreychuk always good at this
Backhand - Mats Sundin (only player that I see use the backhand frequently)
Leadership - One-Legged Stevie Y comes to mind
Faceoff- Perreault, Brind'Amour, Rucchin, Oates, Krog,
Skating - Hedican, Marchant, Chimera
1 - Ryan Smyth
2 - Mats Sundin
3 - Scott Stevens
4 - Tony Amonte
5 - Alexei Kovalev
6 - Matt Cooke (Homer, so sue me)
7 - Steve Rucchin
8 - Jaromir Jagr
9 - Scott Stevens
10 - Jason Chimera
Here are mine
Deflecting Shots-Brett Hull-He has the best hand eye coordination I have seen.
Leadership-Stevens, Sakic, Yzerman will get a lot of Votes but I am going to go off the board and say. Mike Peca
Stickhandling-Again I will go off the board and say Chris Drury, this kid can put the puck on a string as well.
Energy-Darcy Tucker- a lot of people on these boards hate him, he is one of my favs in the league, he does his job to a T.
Protecting the puck-Forsberg
Agressiveness-Leaving out the fighters and going off the board again Marchment, I also think he is a POS but if you forget about Mush out there he will make you pay legal or crossing the line he doesnt care he has been suspended a ton.
I nominated Pierre Turgeon among the top in deflecting shots. Anyone that actually knows Turgeon's game realises he's among the best, if not the best in this specific area ever since he made the NHL. His hand-eye coordination, his reaction and accuracy is top notch. Definitely a legit and bonafide selection..
Then I nominated Marty Turco as one of the league's best stickhandlers. He's argueably league's best netminder in this regard, only Brodeur could follow him. Fail to see how in seems unrealistic to put him among the top 3 in stickhandling when he's the best at his position.
Then we have Rob DiMaio, he isn't the Stars fan favorite for nothing. The dude is a pitbull. However, there are lots of energetic and useful "pests".. I guess the selection of DiMaio was so close it came down to preferance.
Finally, Mike Modano in both the backhand and skating departments. If Mike Modano isn't a legit option when we are talking about league's finest and fastest players, then I'll eat my own shoes. His backhand is his most dangerous weapon, I can't help it he's so darn good at it either.. .
Nieuwendyk and Hatcher are no Stars anymore, neither is Dahlen. And again, all 3 are legit picks for the intangibles mentioned.
1 - Deflecting shots: Ryan Smyth, Tomas Holmstrom, Keith Tkachuk
2 - Backhand shot: Paul Kariya, Mats Sundin, Eric Lindros
3 - Leadership: Steve Yzerman, Scott Stevens, Joe Sakic
4 - Durability: Olaf Kolzig (Plays 70+ games a year), Marty Brodeur, Nik Lidstrom
5 - Stickhandling: Peter Forsberg, Alexie Kovalev, Martin Havlat
6 - 'Energy Player': Dan Hinote, Matt Cooke
7 - Faceoffs: Yanic Perrault, Adam Oates, Rod Brind'amour
8 - Protecting the puck: Peter Forsberg, Marian Hossa, Jaromir Jagr
9 - Agressiveness/Fear Factor: Scott Stevens, Bryan Marchment, Adam Foote
10 - Skating: Mike Modano, Bret Hedican, Sergie Federov