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04-16-2017, 09:52 PM
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Obscure Players with Elite Traits?

Who were some players from throughout hockey history who were not well-known (or were role players) but had one elite trait (such as speed or a heavy shot)?

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Yanic Perreault?

Teemu Pulkkinen's slap shot is as good as anyone's you'll ever see, but he's doubtful to even stick in the NHL. It was obvious all along he'd either be a 30+ goal scorer or a minor leaguer.

There have been some absolutely blazing skaters that didn't have anything else to offer at the NHL level, guys like Konstantin Koltsov and Rico Fata.

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Perreault being the best in the faceoff circle for a while was a first thought.


Marc Andre Bergeron had one of the best and strongest slap shot on the powerplay I have ever seen.

He was below mediocre at everything else and a small player not particularly strong at all.

That a rare case of player that could have took advantage of some "Designated Hitter" type of rules, if the NHL did let you have one or 2 player that you could only use for special team (or shootout)

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Jan Erixon was a great defensive specialist who focused on shadowing opposing stars.

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Colby Genoway who has recently been playing in the KHL has a shootout move that is unworldly. He developed it while playing in the AHL - goalies on his own team cannot stop it even when they know it is coming - apparently he can score in different spots depending how the goalie reacts.

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Rob Schremp.. wizard hands.

Too bad it's far from enough to lock an NHL roster spot.

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Bret Hedican?

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Dallas Drake, hitting

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Jussi Jokinen, shootouts.

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Dominic Lavoie had quite the shot. That's all he really had.


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Marc Andre Bergeron had one of the best and strongest slap shot on the powerplay I have ever seen.
Strongest? no doubt. Best? His accuracy was terrible. I remember one game he played for the Islanders, he broke the window behind the goalie twice in 1 game

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Ron Flockhart - speed with a capital S

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Eddie Shack was a really good skater.

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Strongest? no doubt. Best? His accuracy was terrible. I remember one game he played for the Islanders, he broke the window behind the goalie twice in 1 game
The Gaston Gingras special.

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A guy were talking about on another thread... Ian Turnbull. Soft defensively however offensively almost looked like the 2nd coming of Bobby Orr at times. Scoring in bunches. Wildly inconsistent.

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I don't think Robert Reichel missed a single penalty shot.

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I don't think Robert Reichel missed a single penalty shot.
I can't post it here for some unknown reason, I tried, but there's a hilarious video on YT of Reichel missing a penalty shot with the Maple Leafs against the Flyers in the playoffs, against Cechmanek, apparently with the whole season on the line.

Hilarious because there is a really long build up and then Reichel simply goes forward and takes a really weak slapper right on Cechmanek's pads. Then the color guy goes "what was that?", and the video cuts.


YT search "Robert Reichel Penalty Shot" and you'll find it.

Announcer says he was 3 for 5 on penalty shots though, in the NHL, and that's quite good. And I guessed he scored in the 98 Olympics too against Canada?

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I can't post it here for some unknown reason, I tried, but there's a hilarious video on YT of Reichel missing a penalty shot with the Maple Leafs against the Flyers in the playoffs, against Cechmanek, apparently with the whole season on the line.

Hilarious because there is a really long build up and then Reichel simply goes forward and takes a really weak slapper right on Cechmanek's pads. Then the color guy goes "what was that?", and the video cuts.


YT search "Robert Reichel Penalty Shot" and you'll find it.

Announcer says he was 3 for 5 on penalty shots though, in the NHL, and that's quite good. And I guessed he scored in the 98 Olympics too against Canada?
I don't know why I don't remember that one. I looked it up, and it was Game 6 of the 2003 series vs. Philly. The Leafs won that game in overtime to force a game 7 - which they lost disastrously - so maybe I have blocked that series out of my memory for some reason but you'd think I would remember that one. But yeah, what a weak attempt at a penalty shot. Joe Juneau had a similar attempt in 1996 during the 2nd overtime of that 4OT game with Washington and Pittsburgh. He just basically placed it right on Ken Wregget's pads. Didn't make sense to me.

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I don't know why, but I always associated Benoit Brunet and Claude Lapointe as players with some sick breakaway moves. Very, very obscure names, but I guess that's the point. I always thought of them as breakaway specialists. Crazy huh?

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Martin Rucinsky along the half boards banged and stole a lot of pucks during the so-called "Dead Puck" Era.




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What undrafted NHL player is the franchise leader in PIMs (the only one with 1000+ PIMs) and over a year as team captain?

Since I've stumped countless fans of his TEAM (!) I think he qualifies as an obscure leader of sorts:



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A hard-nosed competitor with an ability to drive to the net for the occasional goal,...
a regular in the Sharks' line up for the next four years and helped the team come within a game of the Western Conference semi-finals in 1994
... a physical dimension... a solid player... a tireless worker....

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Claude Lemieux became elite once April rolled around.

Darius Kasparitis and Todd Marchment both had elite knees. Tho Kasp wasn't really an obscure player.

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Joe Juneau had a similar attempt in 1996 during the 2nd overtime of that 4OT game with Washington and Pittsburgh. He just basically placed it right on Ken Wregget's pads. Didn't make sense to me.
The puck started bouncing on him and threw him off.

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Maxim Afinogenov and Frederick Modin

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Chris Neil is the greatest of all-time in skirting the line of acceptable behaviour. Over 2500 PIMs (20th all-time at the moment, and highest active) without a single suspension.

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