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Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby ron_duguays_hair on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:27 pm

Also is Wayne Simmonds in the top five?
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby mikey287 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:38 pm

There are power forwards in the NHL today? Besides Iginla and Lucic, I'm struggling to think of them really...

Simmonds is a grinder with skill, but you can knock his 180-pound frame off the puck pretty easily, is he really that dominant along the boards? So...no, if Simmonds is a power forward (is he?) then that opens the door for a bunch of others, so no, he's not top 5...

But it depends, if your definition of power forward is watered down to anyone that's big then even a hosehound like Blake Wheeler is a power forward...even though he's not at all...
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Pitts on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:09 am

David Clarkson? 30 goals last year, top 10 in PIMS, 8 PP goals.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby mikey287 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:15 am

David Clarkson can barely stand up on the rink...he's not power anything...more of a pest, agitator type...
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby columbia on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:18 am

I don't lament the lack of power forwards in the game, as I value skills like back checking, passing, shooting accuracy/velocity and skating. Are they more prevalent in the AHL (which I never watch)?
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Kraftster on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:27 am

Yeah, there aren't many that fit the bill. How bout Jamie Benn? Dustin Brown? Ryan Callahan? Martin Hanzal? David Backes? Ryan Getzlaf? Brendan Morrow is broken at this point.

Those are the best names I can come up with to go with Iginla and Lucic.

And no, not Wayne Simmonds.

Edit: Evander Kane?
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Zach6668 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:50 am

Jagr!
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby tfrizz on Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:56 am

I know we all hate him because he's a Flyer, but Scott Hartnell is the best in the NHL right now IMO.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Gaucho on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:24 am

James Neal.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:55 am

I don't really know who qualifies. Lucic, Malone...Hartnell? I guess Iginla fits. I guess if you go be the definition from 10-15 years ago, i'd say Ovechkin would be the close if he ever spent time working in front of the net.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby canaan on Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:21 am

I would say Hartnell, Lucic are pretty much the tops.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby pugilist13 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:09 pm

Pitts wrote:David Clarkson? 30 goals last year, top 10 in PIMS, 8 PP goals.

I'd take Clarkson in a minute.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby brwi on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:15 pm

No love for Dustin Brown here? Does a power forward have to be a fighter too? My definition is different I guess.

My list would be Brown, Hartnell, Lucic.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Gaucho on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:52 pm

Clowe.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby sniper on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:41 pm

clearly it's Eric Tangradi
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby profpolisci on Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:37 am

Brown, Hartnell, Iggy, Lucic, Perry, Simmonds

Pick two- Hartnell or Perry
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby KG on Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:39 am

I'd say it's Perry. He's scored 50 goals and 100pims...The days of Stevens/Tocchet/Shanahan/Tkachuk are over.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby mikey287 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:18 pm

See, it's weird, I don't even consider Perry a power forward...the PIMs are agitation related, he's like a agitating sniper...and even then, he's not the pest that he was when he first came into the league I don't feel...

Maybe I should re-calibrate my power forward criteria...but it's more accurate to say that they don't exist than to call David Clarkson one, IMO...
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby tfrizz on Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:41 pm

mikey287 wrote:Maybe I should re-calibrate my power forward criteria...but it's more accurate to say that they don't exist than to call David Clarkson one, IMO...


Fair enough. I feel like the speed of the game has gotten to a point where your traditional power forward simply can't exist in it anymore.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby mikey287 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:47 pm

That might be true as well...no one hangs off of players like they did to, say, Jagr back in the day...a penalty would be called without batting an eyelash...I think there's a spot in the game for the big power forward types certainly, but I don't think anyone is really brought up to play that way anymore...not a lot of Cam Neely's running around, not that there ever was really...
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby MRandall25 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:22 pm

Mike Lange called James Neal a "power forward".

Not saying he's right or not, just food for thought.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby mikey287 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:08 pm

Does he call Jack Daniel's a rum?
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby columbia on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:14 pm

mikey287 wrote:Does he call Jack Daniel's a rum?


<insert obligatory Lange drinking joke here>
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:04 pm

brwi wrote:No love for Dustin Brown here? Does a power forward have to be a fighter too? My definition is different I guess.

My list would be Brown, Hartnell, Lucic.


Brown is a little fast guy that throws his body around. He is not a power forward. Hitting a lot does not a power forward make.
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Re: Best power forward in the NHL today?

Postby Rylan on Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:23 pm

Power Forward has too many potential definitions IMO
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