Re: SI's top ten power forwards of all time
posted at 3/7/2013 3:36 PM EST
In response to RidingWithTheKing's comment:
In response to inflamedcolon's comment:
Don't get me wrong, I love Looch, but seriously, number 10 of all time???
Of course Neely is #1.
I thin it's fair. I think it's a little early, but there are so few now, he clearly stands out. I also think some fans here underappreciate how good he is. Does he have flaws like controlling the puck or missing looks that are there? Yep. But, not everyone can't have a perfect skill set.
He is clearly the closest thing to Neely I;ve seen, even if it's a coincidence each played here. No one really wanted to fight Neely and no one really wants to fight Lucic either. Neely was the more gifted player, but again, the power forward concept is such a lost art, and it is an art IMO, that he could very easily be a #10 on a list like this.
I didn't like Iginla above Clark on the list and I feel that Owen Nolan has to be on the list. I always felt Shanahan was incredibly overrated and only produced when playing with loaded talent around him. Not a fan regardless of production. He whined his way out of Hartford like a little girl.
I'd also rather see guys like Howe and Messier on the list over someone like Rick Tocchet. Not sure Tocchet was a power forward more so than Messier.
It appears he left out Centers in the discussion, which is fine, though. Makes sense. Wingers are usually affiliated with it, but then the list included Lindros which, IMO, shouldn't be on the list at all.
Lindros, as big as he was, was in incredible wuss.
Agree about Nolan, disagree about Rick. Kevin Stevens was another one that I was surprised wasn't mentioned. I don't think he defined a PF either, but in other articles pertaining to the same subject he was.