Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Guig, Apr 24, 2004.
Who's the best fighter in the 2004 draft?
Ovechkin. He can do it all, baby.
Yeah but Malkin's 10 months younger. He has the potential to be a better fighter.
Exept Ovechkin and Malkin...
Er, do either of them fight at all?
It's probably some guy nobody has ever heard of.
Ovechkin just got in a fight recently with a guy who is about 30 years old and weighs 18 pounds more than Ovechkin. Apparently the guy broke Ovechkin's nose then they fought.
Yeah, pure fighters aren't usually drafted anyway.
Eager is an exception, but it's mostly because of his ability to play the game, I've never really heard anyone rave about his fighting skills.
Well we don't know if he won that fight, but at least he's not a wuss.
I was talking to Toonces.
Tell the Canucks that. They used their 5th Round Choice last year to select French goon Marc-Andre Roy, Im a better hockey player than him.
Eager is hart and lots of speed as well, when I guy is 6'3 215 and can skate that fast he is a 1st rnd pick!
I've never seen him play, but I've heard that he's mostly a sideshow, with lots of trash talking and turtling.
He's a good fighter, but he does do the fake glove drops and turtles as well, comparable to a guy like Brashear or Domi.
I'll give a real answer here and nominate Evan Schafer from Prince Albert(WHL). He is 6'2 221 and had 192 PIM in 71 games. Mark Fistric is also a pretty tough kid from Vancouver(WHL).
Tell that to the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, They took Wade Belak 12th overall
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Georges Laraque Left Wing
Born Dec 7 1976 -- Montreal, PQ
Height 6.03 -- Weight 230 -- Shoots R
Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 2 #31 overall 1995 NHL Entry Draft
They do get drafted....as for this year's draft..no idea.
In '03, Matt Nickerson was drafted by Dallas in the 3rd Round. While he's in college, I think it's safe to say he projects as a goon in the NHL.
Wade Belak went in the first round, as did Dingman, how sad is that. Probert was a 3rd rounder.
Man, that is bad.
Bob Probert was a steal in the 3rd round.......
I wouldn't be surprised to see the hawks take a tough guy in the late 2nd, or third this year.
The only real enforcer we have in the system is Thornton, and while he is game, he just isn't big enough to be an NHL heavy(IMO).
Now that Tallon and Pulford are back in charge- I'd be shocked if they didn't go after at least one "goon". And I'm all for it.
Georges Laraques pre-accident was worth a 2nd rounder and then some.
Nickerson offers much more than just the goon game. While he did set the ECAC record for PIMs with 179, his 14 points are not too shabby either, especially for a freshman dman on a team that struggled to score most the year.
In his last year of juniors, he had 30 points and 277 PIM's. From reports I have heard on him, his offensive game is improving, and he is making smarter decisions as to when to engage in conflict, rather than just going around looking to kill someone. I think that he was a very good pick by Dallas in the 3rd round.
Here are the top 17 PIM players in the NHL last year.
Selected by Philadelphia Flyers round 2 #25 overall 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by New-Jersey Devils round 3 #65 overall 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 2 #27 overall 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 6 #161 overall 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by New-York Rangers round 3 #72 overall 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by Carolina Hurricanes round 3 #80 overall 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Selected by Florida Panthers round 7 #166 overall 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted by Los Angeles in 1994 (2/33).
Drafted by Atlanta in 2000 (6/180).
Drafted by Buffalo in 1992 (4/83).
Drafted by Dallas in 2000 (1/25).
Drafted by Buffalo in 1998 (2/34).
12 Drafted, 5 Free Agents. They are USUALLY drafted.
I agree whole-heartedly, but nobody said that a goon couldn't do things other than fight.