09-09-2008, 12:22 PM
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THN.com Blog: 10 scrappers worth talking about
By: Edwin Fraser
Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHLís top pugilists.
(That and itíll really stick in the craw of staunch pacifists Adam Proteau and Ken Campbell).
Milan Lucic, Boston (13 fights in í07-08)
He probably canít throw with the heavyweights, but watching the young buck prior to concussion problems last season was still a true treatÖoh, and he has the potential to develop into a top power forward, too.
Georges Laraque, Montreal (13 fights in í07-08)
With Laraque, itís more about quality than quantity. And thatís a product of no one wanting to step up to the 240-pound behemoth. The Habs took a big step forward in the arms race this off-season.
Jared Boll, Columbus (27 fights in í07-08)
Led the league in tilts last season. As soon as he adds a few pounds to his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame heíll be one of the gameís elite, if he isnít already.
George Parros, Anaheim (23 fights in í07-08)
The man with the moustache was part of several memorable scraps last season; his toe-to-toe with David Koci jumps to mind (has Koci ever been in a boring fight?).
Riley Cote, Philadelphia (24 fights in í07-08)
I couldnít very well leave the leagueís second-most prolific fighter off the list, could I? This guy canít do anything but chuck, but Philly liked him enough to give him a three-year deal in July.
Zdeno Chara, Boston (four fights in í07-08)
Heís too valuable to be tossing haymakers on a regular basis, so when the extra-large Slovak decides itís time, itís a real bonus.
Sean Avery, Dallas (six fights in í07-08)
He doesnít drop the gloves often, but when he does get into it his opponent really wants to hurt the new Stars agitator, which makes for added entertainment value.
David Clarkson, New Jersey (21 fights in í07-08)
Another NHLer who fits into the more-than-just-a-fighter category, the sophomore right winger found the net nine times in between knuckle-chuckings.
Daniel Carcillo, Phoenix (19 fights in í07-08)
One of only two fighters amongst the 10 standing under six feet tall (Avery), heís also the listís second-most complete forward (again, Avery). Itís not beyond the realm of possibility heíll develop into a 30-goal, 300-PIM beast.
Zack Stortini, Edmonton (23 fights in í07-08)
Tied with Parros for third-most tilts in the NHL Ė in three less games Ė Stortini, 22, is another up-and-coming scrapper. If the Oilís plethora of young offensive talent doesnít excite you, maybe Stortini will do the trick.
* all fighting statistics courtesy of HockeyFights.com