I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible, but Iginla probably has the best chance of winning the hardest shot. Look at last year, he finished second (to MacInnis) and beat Chara, who probably has a harder shot than both Souray and Kuba.
I dont see pronger doin anything but passing the puck for the quick shot competition. Although he has a shot that is about 98 before the wrist surgery, and it looks better than ever now, I just dont see him risking it trying to shoot as hard as he can.
Tkachuk wont be great at anything, because his success is always from about 15 ft. around the net.
Patrick Marleau was clocked a couple of years ago as the fastest skater in the NHL when each team had individual skills competitions. I have no problems assuming that, since he's gotten faster in recent years, he'd win that one. Perhaps not easily (as a number of the faster skaters have improved their stride recently), but he could win that one, IMO.
I can't wait to see Pavel Datsyuk go one on one against Brodeur in the shootout...that ought to be a blast.
He should take care of the puckhandling contest...I don't think he'd try for the hardest shot, or the fastest skater, but I can just imagine what he'll do in the shootout...it boggles the mind!
Yeah Datsyuk v Brodeur would be cool if it matches up that way. Pity he can't go against Turco! That would be interesting to see if he pulled off a similar move to that awesome one earlier in the season.
I have to say though I don't rate him in the puck control competition. Bookmark this if you want and if he wins I will happily apologise but I think there is no way he can beat St Louis. Players like St Louis and Kariya, who win these things, aren't as good at puck control, but its more a test of acceleration and speed carrying the puck than nifty moves. Not that Datsyuk doesn't possess a healthy amount of both just that IMO he isn't suited to this competition as much as St Louis.
Whether they are legit starters or not, the Stars have some solid candidates for the skills competition. Turco stands a solid chance with his fast reflexes and orthodox style, while either Bill (winner in 2000/2001) or Mike (once shot 104.8) should not look out of place at the speed or the hardest shot competition. Whether they will join is a different topic though..