This simy first list all season I believe. It has taken me a while to get this together, and I figure I'd wait til most fights that need to happen for this list happen, and most have, and some still go unsolved, but that's what you deal with when you make your list halfway through the season.
1) Donald Brashear
2) Georges Laraque
3) Colton Orr
4) Eric Godard
5) Wade Belak
6) Derek Boogaard
7) Jody Shelley
8) George Parros
9) Mitch Fritz
10) Michael Rupp
IMO, this is a very shaky list, that with a few more fights, would help me shape the list into something concrete.
First, I'll start off with #'s 1 and 2 Big Brash and Big BGL. BGL has fought with his groin all season, and to be honest, a draw with Shawn Thornton
and an edge out from Mitch Fritz
sin't really the way to make your case for #1 over a guy like Donald Brashear
who has constantly been nipping at your heels. Esepcially when you have Donald being his normal consistant self. although he doesn't have the most impressive card this season, a card that inlcudes him bullying up rookie Zack Bogosian and roughing up a smaller Krys Barch
. But this season he really made his mark, by reminding the league just how dangerous he can be by turning Riley Cote
into a heavy bag just a few weeks back. He also edged out Jody Shelley
in a doozy of a tilt, but all in all, IMO, Brash has the better season as opposed to BGL's dismal season.
This is where we get to #3, Colton Orr
, which is the same exact spot I had him last season. IMO, Orr hasn't done anything to lose his spot this season. He may have been edged out by the stubborn style of Michael Rupp
, but with 2 impressive wins against a revamped Eric Godard
, and a bloody mess of a fight with Mitch Fritz
, he has solidified his #3 spot. He hasn't had too much activity this season, and IMO, his season isn't nearly as impressive as his last, but he has done what is expected of him, and because Godard was unable to edge him out, Orr keeps his spot.
Which brings me to #4, Eric Godard
. Godard, has IMO, a very impressive season. Between his standing TKO of Riley Cote
in an impressive FOTY candidate bout, and his dismantling of the young up-and-comer Steve MacIntyre
's face, he has done one Hell of a job, enforcing for a Pittsburgh Penguins
' team, who's 2nd tier fighter might as well be Sydney Crosby. IMO, Eric has resurged in his enforcing duties, and has done well for himself, now if he could just figure out Orr, we could put him at #3.
Standing strong at #5, is Wade Belak
, who has had a bit of a comeback this season. From the sounds and read of it, wade has had trouble finding willing dance partners, which basically had the man packing from the Florida Panthers
to the Nashville Predators
. He has done well for himself over in Nashville, the main reason why I have Wade bouncing in at #5 is because of his Derek Boogaard
-heavy fight card. he has 3 bouts with the BoogeyMan, taking home 2 wins from their encounters. IMO, he has the ability to be top 3, but he needs more bouts and needs to show a bit more consistancy, there is some rumblings that little big guy Cam Janssen
gave him a run for his money and edged him out back in December. But nonetheless, with a little more activity, we could see what the great albino can really do.
Coming in at #6 for me is Derek Boogaard
. Boogey started out a bit strong with three bouts against big man Wade Belak
, losing two of them. But then he showed us that the majority of big men still fear the BoogeyMan and his big hammer, sending guys like Andre Roy
and Jody Shelley
to the ice, and reconstructing helmets around the league. IMO, Boogey is normally a top 3 guy, but he just hasn't scored enough bouts this season, and now there are rumblings of him dissipating to the IR list once again. With a bit more activity, Boogey is up there at #3, but whether he isn't finding enough willing partners, or just isn't forcing the issue enough, he just doesn't crack the top 3 for me this season, which IMO, is where he belongs.
Then at #7, we have Jody Shelley
, who has had himself a Hell of a year, coming in at a definiteive #7, when last season he was a fringe #10 guy. He had himself a convincing win against Riley Cote
early on, enforced well in a bloodbath of a game against fringe HW Greg De Vries
twice in one game, not to mention one hell of a battle with Super HW Donald Brashear
. He has recently come back down to earth with a loss to big man Derek Boogaard
, but in my eyes, he is one damn valuable enforcer, as he is doing a Hell of a job with the San Jose Sharks
, and he is being appreciated as well.
At #8, I have George Parros
, a place where the Stache has comfortable found himself in the past 2 seasons. He has much improved balance and has potential to climb the ladder. He had a slight edge/draw against big Donald Brashear
, a win against Riley Cote
(jeez, it seems like I' saying that a lot), and a nice TKO Win against Darcy Hordichuk
At #9, I have up-and-comer Mitch Fritz
, who has a huge AHL name, and is beginning to make a name for himself up in the N. He has gone with some monsters up in the big leagues, including a bit of an edge against world-renowned champ Georges Laraque
. He has been up and down all season, but IMO, he can be known as an NHL HW for the time being, he gets the call enough, and has registered enough bouts up here to hit the top 10. he has gone with the biggestt of the baddest since his call ups to the N, and he has faired pretty well IMO, and in this season's dissipated top 10 due to injuries and send downs, I believe Mitch has earned his spot at #9.
At #10, and I assure you it pains me to do this, but I have Michael Rupp
. And my reasoning? You just can't argue with his card, with wins against Riley Cote
, Shawn Thornton
and Colton Orr
, he grabs the #10 spot, hopefully when guys recover, and the big boys get their playing time, rupp will get pushed out, but for now, he is your #10 HW, I'm sorry guys.
has fallen off the grid with his lack of playing time out in Arizona, and now his current dependency problems, hopefully the big guy gets his life back on track, and hopefully back into the NHL HW scene.
, who is usually a top 3 type HW guy, just can't make the list this season with his season-ending injury. Good luck to him coming back in full-health.
, who is somewhat of #10 fringe HW seems to have disappeared out in Calgary, and his shoulder problems didn't help one bit, but he is becoming more active, and could be back in the top 10 by the end of the season.
, who looked to regain that umph that he needed for the top 10, seems to have misplaced it again, as he falls out, and hugs his way to the bottom of the bunch.
, who could bang on the door of #10 from time-to-time lost his consideration after being obliterated by Donald Brashear
. He has quite an impressive card, with some huuge names on them, but he has been edged out time and time, even by the biggest of guys, but with the way he goes at it, one punch goes a different way in a few of his bouts, like the one with Eric Godard
, Steve MacIntyre
and Mitch Fritz
, then he is easily a top ten. But with the way his season is going, it'll b tough for him to climb back up.
, after an impressive bout with Champ Georges Laraque
, he has pretty much disappeared, and hasn't really done much enforcing. Jeez, you would think with the falling out of a few guys this season, both Thronton and Cote would make their names a main-stay in the top 10, but the chips just haven't fallen that way this season.
, same complaint as many. With all the fallouts, this guy hasn't set a claim yet, just poor poor activity, with disappointing bouts against Cory Sarich
, Matt Walker
and Jared Boll
. What's the deal with this kid, is he wearing the cuffs?
So as I said above, there are still some more fights that need to happen to help us all pan out our lists, it will most likely come down to the end of the season. But it has been a good year for fighting, it seems like everybody is doing it these days, it's the new crack, but barring injuries, my list should definitely experience a nice shake up within the next few months as divisional rivalries begin to heat up.