OK, I was way over my league with Mike Bossy comparison since I never seen the guy play. Now, let try another guy that I have seen, althought at the end of his career... Cam Neely.
Who do ya think play like him since he retired in 1996? personally I think Tkachuk, Bertuzzi and Iginla play like him. But I think/know Iginla is a faster and better skater than Neely and I also think Iginla is a little more talented. But what about Tkachuk and Bertuzzi?
I don't know if anyone combined the pure scoring ability with the nasty streak that Neely had.
He had contemporaries with similar games, like Kevin Stevens and Rick Tocchet, but was considerably better than both of them.
There are plenty of solid power forwards in the league today, but few are as proficient in both the offensive and physical departments as Neely was. He truly invented a position, and unfortunately fans were denied the opportunity of witnessing a truly dominant power forward for a long period of time.
Neely really invented the power forward position. He was the first of his kind, in my opinion. Neely could tangle with anyone in the world and score a hat trick in the same game, and except for legends like Gordie Howe, few were capable of that. Neely was a player that I, as an opposing fan, feared. He was capable of erupting at any moment.
I'm glad we as hockey fans were blessed by his presence for as long as we were, but I wish we could have seen more. A truly good guy and as much of an icon in Boston hockey as anyone save Orr.