Discussion in 'The History of Hockey' started by theicebox, May 1, 2011.
To state once more: Which players experienced their prime playing for your team?
Sakic, Forsberg, Hejduk, Foote, Tanguay are the first ones that came to my mind.
Gretzky, Kurri, Smyth, Fuhr, Weight?, Smith.
You really should narrow your criteria considerably. Pick any team and the lists are extremely lengthy.
It's meant to create debate, people can interpret it however they want.
I'll bite and make some borderline choices for my team (Buffalo). Obviously guys like Hasek and Perrault are a given, I found few that may encounter some disagreement:
These are just ones who made the Hall of Fame. There are tons of other players obviously who had their Primes with the Rangers but were overall middling players. I'm sure I missed some great players who had their primes in New York though.
I have a good one.
Adam Oates. I say his peak was in Boston and not STL. Yay or nay?
and gerald diduck. i miss that guy.
Sundin, Gilmour. Some other guys that will be footnotes 10 years from now.
Webby, Matty, The Chinese Cowboy, Knocker, Pie and Yoga Jean. My team plays softball. These guys iwere all essential to the 2003 championship drive.
Speaking only of post-relo, Staal and Ward for Carolina.
hows about Sandis Ozolinsh for the Avs?
Obvious choices are:
We definitely got to see Harold Druken at his absolute finest in Vancouver.
Dan Boyle (I know by age, his prime was in TB, but he has had his 3 best seasons in SJ)
If we are talking about impact players, these are the only 5 to play in San Jose during the prime of their careers. Prior to the lockout, the Sharks were traditionally an older team that relied on dealing for former stars that were deemed "finished" by their previous teams and hoping they had something left in the tank, which a select few did. Vincent Damphousse is a great example of that. It's remarkable how a piece of good fortune courtesy of Mike O'Connell changed the Sharks franchise. Before Thornton, the Sharks were always a team with little individual talent and never really were a viable option for big name players. Then they stumbled into a 25-year old franchise center, and he helped turn San Jose into not only a viable destination for star players, but a preferable one. Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley, among others, were two veteran stars that wanted to be traded here.
Sometimes, I still find it hard to believe Boston dealt Joe Thornton. I am pretty sure he was leading the NHL in points and assists, or at least near the top, when it happened.
Might have seen the START of Tanguay's prime in Colorado, but what SHOULD have been his prime years should have been in Calgary. As such his highest point total came in Calgary, and then dropped considerably thereafter though he should have still been prime for another 4-5 years. (back to a 70 point guy this past season)
martin gelinas with the vancouver canucks.
hit his prime his first game with the canucks and didnt look back.
i was actually being serious about diduck and momesso. they had some really valuable, if unheralded, years in vancouver. we've seen guys excel in gelinas' old role, or jovo's, even linden's. but to this day, we have never replaced diduck or sergio.
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