There was a time when wristshot or backhand were the two weapons of choice for NHLers and hockey players in general. Find it interesting that most folks are listing players active, if not presently, in the past decade.
All-time goes back a little further than that. So does the wrist shot. One name that comes to mind is Tony Demers. He played for Habs and Rangers but was mostly a long-time minor-leaguer noted for his powerful shot.
Red Storey said that he could shoot the puck the lenth of the rink, 8 inches off the ice the whole way. Gerry McNeil once told me that Demers had the hardest shot he'd ever faced, be it in a game or in practice.
i think of kariya as more of a backhand kinda guy more then a wrister kinda guy
Backhand yes indeed he had, but his wrist shot was other worldly too. Remember Game #6 in '97 vs. Phoenix. No way someone wins a game by shooting that far out but he did and it was a bullet. And he could do that often. Kariya gets so little love on these boards and people forget that for 5 years he was an elite player, and his peak reached pretty good heights. Kariya's best 5 years are better than those of Modano, Sundin, Recchi, and others yet some people laugh at him being mentioned as a Hall of Famer someday
He didn't really use a pure wrister often; mostly he used a half-slap/snap, but I feel Robitaille deserves mention even though he's not quite in the same league as some of the others mentioned. In his prime he was absolutely lights out in the slot, had an amazing release and could pick corners like no one's business.
Iginla does have a good snapper, not sure if it is a pure wrister, same as Fisher's. Sort of a product of the new sticks, loading up the flex.
What amazes me about Sakic's is he can fire it so quickly from awkward positions, and when the puck is rolling and bouncing and doing all sorts of things. The goal he scored yesterday against Minny is a prime example.
And I'll give some love to Lanny, not that I saw it much, but just because it is Lanny, and I am a Flames fan.