Who are the best defensive forwards on your team? Maybe you would like to say who are the best defensive forward in the league too, if you feel in the giving mood to praise another team's talent.
I will go first.
Shawn Bates -- great penalty killer, and good hard checks.
Jason Blake -- covers lots of ground, is good at killing penalties, and is a pest along the boards
Michael Peca -- not the defensive demon he used to be, at times he shows glimpses of his old form and ways. was once above and beyond the best defensive forward in the league. now that status is very very very questionable. however he is still sound defensively and not a liability
Trent Hunter -- for a rookie he has displayed an amazing two-way game. always finishes his checks. has been used on the PK a lot.
Kyle Calder - Always knows where to be, fights hard in the corners, the player every team needs that does everything right
Tuomo Ruutu - Already among the hardest hitters in the league, and once his knees are completely healed, will be a dominating defensive force
Mark Bell - Sticks up for his teammates, and fights occasionally. Great 2 way game.
Scott Nichol - I thought (as many did) that he would suck, but proved us wrong. Good checking skills, fights fairly frequently, and, most importnatly, good faceoff skills.
The best defensive forwards on the Oilers are probably Ethan Moreau, Radek Dvorak (very underrated IMO), Fernando Pisani, Marty Reasoner when healthy, Jarett Stoll and Mike York. We have a lot of good 2-way forwards, just not a lot of top-end skill.
Mike Modano, Stu Barnes, Niko Kapanen, Jere Lehtinen, Rob DiMaio and Brenden Morrow form our shutdown units among forwards, while every defenseman is spotted defending the net during shorthanded minutes.