The Perfect Player

Rather than bore people to death with a biography on Darcy Tucker, or stating obvious facts that can’t be argued, I wanted to post an article that could involve everyone’s opinion in a fun way. This article will simply revolve around building the “perfect player”. Everyone has their own opinion on this and can state so without ridiculous argument, so to start it off, here is my version of the perfect player.Leadership: It’s hard for me to put any Wings on my list, but being open-minded, I have to say that Stevie Y gets the nod in this area. He should be called Stevie “C”.

Passing: This is a tough one, but I’ll go with Forsberg. If there is any guy that can do it all, he has to be the one. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a bad pass from this guy.

Size/Speed: It would be easy to break this down into 2 categories, but most speedsters are small and most big guys aren’t fast. Most…not all. So, I’m going to take the guy with the best combination of the two. That would be Mike Modano. There are a handful of faster guys in the leage, but how many of them are 6’3″, 200 lbs.?

Toughness: I could go alot of ways with this one. Guerin, Tkachuk, etc., but I’ll take Todd Bertuzzi. To me, he’s a big, tough guy would could surpass the others in this area.

Defense: Since I’m basically building a forward, I’ll limit my list to those at that position. Therefore my pick in this category goes to Jere Lehtinen. He plays every second of every shift like it’s his last and never says a negative word. On top of his great defensive play, his penalty minutes are always pretty low.

Front Of The Net: I have to take a healthy John LeClair here. The man sacrifices life and limb to create screens and deflections and is always getting pummelled. Yet people still criticize him for his injury problems. Wonder how he gets them?

Wrist Shot: Lots of good ones out there, but I’ll go with the old man on this one. Super Mario. He still snaps them off with the quickness and accuracy he did 15 years ago.

Slap Shot: There may be harder ones, but none more effective than Brett Hull. Just watching him set up on the left circle on the power play strikes fear into many opponents and Wings haters.

Faceoffs: Another tough category, but I’m going with Joe Nieuwendyk on this. He gets craftier as he gets older and he still wins ALOT of them.

Okay, there are a few areas of play that I highlighted on and I’m sure there will be a ton of differences, but these are what I like. Have fun finding yours!


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