Saw this on another board, gives us something else to talk about while we wait for real hockey to start back up.
Shane Doan - big, good hands, and all around great guy
Brian Rolston - quick, two-way, team player
Dany Heatly - prototype...big, skilled, good shot, good hands, etc...
Keith Tkachuk - pretty much same as above, great power forward
It for now, I could spend a while on a list but these are tops.
Alex Tanguay and Scott Niedermayer....They both have turned into dominating players. Tanguay has really grown as a player these past few years, and even though Scott is older, he has as well. To be honest, I think I would choose Niedermayer over any defensemen in the league given a choice, even over Nick Lidstrom. I just think his skating/decision making puts him on a tier that is unmatched in the new NHL when he is on his game....what a beautiful skater.
Ron Tugnutt was my all-time favorite player. I like Karlis Skrastins, Joe Sakic (though I ABSOLUTELY ABHOR the Avalanche), Steve Yzerman (though I, of course, hate the Wings), Mats Sundin. That's just off the top of my head...
Alexander Ovechkin, Matthew Barnaby, Scott Niedermeyer, Ales Hemsky, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zdeno Chara, Brian Leetch, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Drury, Maxim Afinogenov, Ryan Miller, Jordan Leopold, John-Michael Liles, Marek Svatos, David Vyborny, Brendan Morrow, Jere Lehtinen, Jarret Stoll, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss, Craig Conroy, Derek Armstrong, Joe Corvo, Fedor Tyutin, Darius Kasparitis, Brian Rolston, Scott Gomez, Paul Martin, John Madden, Viktor Kozlov, Jason Blake, Mike York, Jed Ortmeyer, Ryan Hollweg, Dominic Moore, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Forsberg, Sami Kapanen, Paul Mara, Patrick Marleau, Alyn McCauley, Niko Dimitrakos, Mattias Ohlund, Markus Naslund, Peter Bondra, Pavol Demitra, Marian Hossa.
Sorry for the long list...just woke up and I'm wide awake with nothing better to do.
i can't speak for anyone else, but skrastins kind of embodies the underdog low draft pick that worked hard to make it. I like him, but my personal criteria for favorite player isn't that he is good or great or the best.
Personally, I think Skrastins did a lot for the teams that he played for in Nashville. He blocked shots fearlessly, he was fearless about diving to break up a play and I had a lot of respect for how he played, despite his overall lack of skill.
Would he fit into this preds era? maybe not, but he's not a part of this preds era. He was good for us on the quality of teams we had, which were not particularly high. I still root for him to do well, just like I do for Fitzy, Brunette, etc. I'm a sentimental fool, that way...