Originally Posted by MattBurger
In the future, if teams are going to have an enforcer in their lineup, it's going to have to be a Shawn Thornton
type of guy who can play a regular shift. The days of the goon are long gone.
Yeah, The Shawn Thornton
's, Jared Boll
's, Chris Neil
's, Mike Rupp's are the new age enforcers and I like 'em a helluva lot more that the plugs who get on the ice and just stand there.
They'll take their regular shift, finish their checks and back it up if need be.
But I really like the fact that there's a handful of the D-man tough guys in the mix of the game these days (guys like Deryk Engelland
, Matt Carkner
, Zdeno Chara
, John Erskine
, John Scott
.) These guys are always in there and get their minutes. I'd love to see more toughguy D-men coming up. This was another type of player that I thought was gonna be extinct a few years back.
Maybe this could be a message to future goons trying to make the NHL... Work on your game to be a stay-at-home defenseman. That's your best bet to try to stick around.