1. Anton Volchenkov - Biased, probably, but he hits like a tank.
2. Brooks Orpik - He's massive.
3. Vitali Vishnevski - He goes looking for it too much, but when he catches you, you'll feel it.
4. Garnett Exelby - Big hit on Sundin this past year.
5. Doug Murray - Didn't play a ton, but hits any chance he gets, and hard.
What can I say? I like defensemen who aren't afraid to throw their body around.
Vish doesn't look for it too much. He knows when there will be an opportunity and he capataizes
The Reasoner and Lang hits are really the only two I have a problem with. The McDonald one if I wasn't a Kings fan . Most of his hits are forearm/shoulder.
He's the first person I've seen really hit Lidstrom like that who I can remember
Brown loves to get the forearm into the other guy's shoulder to get their center of gravity tilting. Especially since he's not as tall as the bigger guys in the NHL, it really looks like he's aiming upward with his forearm/elbow. He's not really a dirty player by intent, but when guys don't keep their heads up (Lang, Reasoner) he'll easily wind up giving them one on the chin. He also gets a bit too enthusiastic in near-boarding situations. It can be dangerous.
He's young, so hopefully he'll realize that you maybe shouldn't hit everything all the time. I could see him getting some penalty calls and earning a rep as a dirty player if he doesn't show a little better judgment. Not that it isn't fun to watch him...
If Cole knew how to skate that little pansy wouldn't have been hurt.
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I vote for Carlo Colaiacovo, because he exclusively throws big hits. No little ones. He saves up all week and then just unloads on guys. Except for that one, where he unloaded on the boards and KO'd himself.