Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Best All Time Player By Team Pacific Division

The ground rules are set in yesterday's Northwest Division post.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks- Paul Kariya. Their first draft pick ever. Their highest career scorer. Teemu Selanne is another candidate but he didn't spend as long with the team. Maybe Jean Sebastien Giguere will take over this spot given some time.

Dallas Stars (including Minnesota)- Mike Modano. He's the current captain, top scorer in franchise history and was instrumental in a Stanley Cup win. The early Minnesota days offer Bill Goldsworthy as a candidate. Neil Broten, Bobby Smith, Craig Hartsburg and Brian Bellows were significant players on the 80's. The most likely candidate from the current team to make a run at Modano might be Marty Turco.

Los Angeles Kings- Marcel Dionne. Gretzky is the Great One but he didn't stay here as long as Dionne or score as much. Dave Taylor and Rogie Vachon are candiates from their earlier days. Bernie Nicholls is a bit more recent. Luc Robitaille also is a strong candidate who is still with the team, but he will need to keep going a few years.

Phoenix Coyotes (including Winnipeg)- Dale Hawerchuk. He is the team's all time point leader and spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the team. Bobby Hull is a strong candidate from the WHA days along with Lars-Erik Sjoberg. Thomas Steen had a good career with the Jets in the 80's. Teppo Numminen and Keith Tkachuk are more recent. Maybe Shane Doan is the current player with the best shot at making a run at Hawerchuk, but he is still getting started.

San Jose Sharks- Owen Nolan. He's the longest running captain and top scorer in franchise history. Other candidates are Teemu Selanne, Evgeni Nabokov and maybe Mike Rathje (since he's their all time games played leader). Patrick Marleau may one day take over the lead.

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