not that much mention of naslund like come on. he has one of the best wrist shots in the game behind sakic. when there was a powerplay he would just stand there and take a wrist shot and would mostly go in, goalies were shocked when they saw his wrist shots. sakic and naslund have one of the best wrist shots in the game
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.
That is exactly why I think Sakic had the best wrister in the game. I remember one goal vs Tampa Bay in the 2006/2007 season where he received a pass on the left side about 20 feet away from the net and wristed it shortside all in one motion. To beat a goalie from that far out while reveiving a pass on the left side as a left handed shot is just crazy.
For me, to get into the "greatest" club, you definitely have to have all three of the key elements: the release, the power, and the accuracy. As such, Sakic and Potvin definitely jump to the front of my mind.
Watching the skill competitions gives really good insight into this. For example, the year (last year? two years ago?) when Kaberle started off the contest going 4 for 4. Excellent accuracy, but definite wind up on the release. Hossa was kinda the same. Mario was in this club as well. Pretty good release, but his meal ticket was the accuracy. He himself has said that he got the most satisfaction from hearing that corner of the post ring just before finding the back of the net. Accuracy first, release second.
Then there's Iginla, who had (has?) possibly the best release, but lacked a bit of the accuracy. Now the thing about Potvin, and just about everyone knows this, is that while he had the release and the power (in spades), the accuracy wasn't what helped the puck find the back of the net sometimes. It was the bloody movement (which is to say curving, diving, whatever) on his shot, especially from the blueline. Hard to imagine that he knew EXACTLY where that thing was gonna end up, but the fact that he not only hit the net, but also found holes so often is impressive.
As such, I gotta give my #1 spot to Sakic. All three in just about as perfect harmony as you could hope to have. Potvin's release, power AND track record (more so than the accuracy) in hindsight elevates him to my #2 above other players with the 3 point skill set like Kovalchuk, Kovalev, Bossy, etc who could basically be considered 2Bs (Lemieux perhaps being 2C or 3).
From games that I was able to watch, I did remember Sakic as having an amazing and very sneaky wrist shot. I am wondering why there isnt much mention of Lemieux on this list. On many of his goals he didnt even have to bother with deking, just a wrister with no flair to it.
For recent/current players, I'd say Sakic, Iginla, Kovalchuk, Kovalev, Shanahan and Lidstrom.
80s: Potvin, Tim Kerr, Bourque, Mark Howe, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri.
I don't really count Bossy or Brett Hull. They had good wrist shots, but their real strengths were slappers and snappers.
Pre-80s it's tough for me to say, since I only saw a limited number of teams on tv and I was quite young. Of course, Lafleur had an excellent wrister, but didn't seem to use it very often (preferring the slapshot). Dionne and Simmer both had good wristers as well, as did Pierre Larouche.
I don't think that mentioning Naslund's name is that absurd. While he certainly does not have the best wrist shot of all-time, he had the best wrist shot in the league for a few years before the lockout, other than joe sakic's.