Unless one were to spend time with these guys at practice, in the weight room, in the training room and at home, I'm not sure how any of us could say who's got the best work ethic. Much of the work that goes into becoming a successful player happens away from the arena.
Much of the work that goes into becoming a successful player happens away from the arena.
No **** Sherlock.
There is such a thing as having a great work ethic on the ice. I mean, Pavel Bure worked his @ss off in the weight room and in practice (he was probably the best conditioned athlete in the NHL in his prime), but you would never say he is a hockey player with a great work ethic. Basically who is mr Hustle out there? Who fights for position along the boards, is the most tenacious getting back to their own zone, drives to the net with guys all over them, never gets caught with lazy hooking penalties because they arent moving their feet, fights to stay on their feet when being hooked, blocks shots on the penalty kill, never gives up and makes those diving plays for loose pucks, etc. Think Rod Brindamour or Chris Draper.
They all do, none of them do it halfhearted out there. They know they have to produce in order for this team to win. They are all doing as much as they can with all the injuries. I love our young guys.
I was one of the guys that voted for him. I started liking him when i noticed that he pisses the sh-t outa goaltenders because he's always taking shots at the puck under the goalie and crashing the net. He seems to work his @ss off every time he's on the ice. I chose him not based on player quality, but the effort that's put into every shift.
Haven't watched the Flyers much this year, not a Flyers fan, but I would go on record without a doubt saying that Richards has the best work ethic out of all the rookies.
On Kitchener (and Team Canada) he was always a leader by example and worked his *** off night in, night out. I know it's hard for me to judge since I've seen only a handful of games, but I'm that confident in Richards' history and I see no reason to question it now.