Saturday, March 05, 2005

Best All Time Player By Team Central Division

This is the third in a series of posts. Refer to Tuesday and Wednesday for the ground rules.

Chicago Blackhawks- Bobby Hull. He wins a close one with teammate Stan Mikita. Hull made first all star 10 times in Chicago and still is the all time goal scored leader. Mikita is the all time points leader - mostly because he played more games. Other candidates are Glenn Hall, Max and Doug Bentley, Pierre Pilotte, Denis Savard and Tony Esposito. I think Tuomo Ruuttu might one day make his run at this level, but he has a long way to go.

Columbus Blue Jackets- Geoff Sanderson. Short history the team has had so far. Ray Whitney and Marc Denis are candiadates. Rick Nash will one day take the lead, but so far hew has only had one big season.

Detroit Red Wings- Gordie Howe. All time leader in everything for the franchise. Other early candidates are Ted Lindsay, Ebbie Goodfellow, Sid Abel. Then came Alex Delvecchio and Terry Sawchuk. Steve Yzerman is a candidate recently. Nicklas Lidstrom also, but he hasn't been around as long as Yzerman.

Nashville Predators- Cliff Ronning. Other candidates include Greg Johnson, Scott Walker, Tomas Vokoun and Kimmo Timonen. Given a few more years a more significant star should step forward.

St Louis Blues- Brett Hull. He narrowly beats out Bernie Federko. Early stars in the franchise inclued Red Berenson and Barclay Plager. Brian Sutter and Mike Liut were stars in the 80s. More recently, Al MacInnis was a top player here. Chris Pronger is the current player who might one day become the best player in their history.

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