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04-17-2017, 06:12 PM
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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?
Here's a clip of Brunet's skills on display:


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04-17-2017, 07:46 PM
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Marc Andre Bergeron had one of the best and strongest slap shot on the powerplay I have ever seen.
Andy Delmore probably fits here as well.

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Cal Clutterbuck was great at racking up hit stats.

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Carson Cooper

... nicknamed Shovel Shot.... http://www.redwingslegends.blogspot....on-cooper.html

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Wojtek Wolski only received his last couple NHL contracts because of his shootout abilities.

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First name I thought of is Yanic Perreault. I believe he's the best faceoff taker ever since they began keeping that stat.

How about Chad Kilger? Didn't he once shoot a puck well over 100 MPH in some team skills competition?

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Smokey Harris

... Master of the Hook Check.... http://www.bruinslegends.blogspot.ca...ey-harris.html

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Larry Sacharuk

... the only Defenceman to ever score 50 in a single season at an elite level of play; what might have been if not for injuries... http://www.stlouisblueslegends.blogs...-sacharuk.html

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Mathieu Dandenault. Really fast skater.

Sami Salo was known for his slap shot.

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I've never seen a better work ethic on the ice than that of Wayne Presley.


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04-18-2017, 06:14 AM
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Murray Wilson (The Habs) - skating/speed

Here vs Brad Park in game 4 of the 1977 Stanley Cup finals:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eLtbexrrEI&t=1m17s


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Probably too obvious, but TJ Oshie as shootout specialist.

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04-18-2017, 11:17 AM
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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:
Jeff Odgers! One of my favorite players. He had two seasons with the Sharks where half of his goals were on the powerplay.

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Zenon Konopka.

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04-18-2017, 03:23 PM
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Zenon Konopka.
Good one! The fighter who could win faceoffs like nobody's businesss. What a random combination.

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04-18-2017, 04:01 PM
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Totally forgot Sheldon Souray.

He was a pylon in his MTL days, but had a bullet of a shot, hence how he scored 26 goals in a season.

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Good one! The fighter who could win faceoffs like nobody's businesss. What a random combination.
Mark Janssens was the same way. In fact, Janssens was rare in that he was an enforcer who played center. He may deserve his own thread.

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John Chabot was a top five passer of the puck all time.

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04-18-2017, 04:58 PM
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I remember Darryl Laplante could absolutely fly.

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04-18-2017, 05:00 PM
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Is there an example of a borderline goalie who could handle the puck like Brodeur? I feel this is an obvious category we should have an example for.

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04-18-2017, 05:04 PM
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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.
and being a huge ****** / a-hole

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The puck started bouncing on him and threw him off.
Yeah I know, I am all for coming in with speed to back up the goalie but Juneau actually did this to himself. He pushed the puck up ahead for no reason and that's when it started rolling. Just a bad penalty shot attempt for a team that never has any luck in the playoffs as it is.

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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.
Still hate the fact that a guy who fought so much just cowered and turtled - purposely - against Tampa Bay in the 2006 playoffs.

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Here's a clip of Brunet's skills on display:

Incredible how that is. I know I've seen Brunet score that type of goal other times too. This guy was born to play for Montreal and despite always being injured and never having more than 14 goals in a season he played his entire career there up until he was traded in his last year. He assisted on Desjardins' overtime goal in the 1993 final and somehow he got a Calder vote in 1992. I don't understand it. He got a 3rd place vote despite having 10 points in 18 games. I realize it was a Hab writer who probably did this but how in the world can you do this when Bure, Lidstrom and Amonte among others had better years? Anyway, he was a big scorer in junior, so I can see why he had some skill.

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Is there an example of a borderline goalie who could handle the puck like Brodeur? I feel this is an obvious category we should have an example for.
Do you consider Marty Turco to be borderline? He was truly excellent at playing the puck.

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Curt Giles - Open ice hitter, especially for a small guy

Ulf Dahlen - Strong on his skates and protecting the puck off the boards, Mr.10 O'clock 2 O'Clock

Bob Bourne - Speed

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