"Ahhh why are you all skating towards meeeeee"

The headline says it all.

Every year Sports Illustrated asks somewhere around 150 NHL players to answer a number of questions (145 this season), then slowly, painstakingly releases the results over the course of the season. I want all the results, dammit!

I wrote about another poll earlier in the season when Dion Phaneuf was voted as the most overrated player in the NHL.

Man, maybe guys just really hate the Leafs?

Kessel came in with 15% of the vote, and was followed by the Sedin Twins (yes, both) at 8%, Alexander Semin with 7%, Patrick Kane with 3%, and Ilya Kovalchuk also with 3%. That last one….surprises me. Maybe not so much now that he won his last tilt by KO?

SI notes:

Identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks received votes as a pair as well as individually: Alone, Hendrik finished tied for sixth in the voting (3%) and Daniel tied for 17th (1%)…. No defenseman received more than a single vote…. Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Canucks and Mike Smith of the Coyotes were the only two players at their position who received votes.

Wait – who randomly voted for Mike Smith? Actually, double wait – who thought Mike Smith fell under the umbrella of “star?”

This is an interesting category, it’s a whole other ball of wax when you’re pretty sure that the guy you’re lined up across from is scared of you. That’s just fun.

We’ll be staying tuned for the results of the opposite poll. Gotta believe Zdeno Chara is somewhere on the least of players that are most difficult to intimidate.

Comments (4)

  1. Does this mean that the Sedin’s are easier to intimidate as a pair than they are individually?

    That pic and caption is gold, Bourne.

  2. You should list the entire red wings roster as players that can’t be intimidated.

  3. It’ll be interesting to see how fans and players react to this particular poll. It seems people take them for fact rather than opinion. The players were polled about who they *think* they are intimidating. Whether or not Kessel or the Sedins are actually intimidated is another story and one that doesn’t seem to matter too much.

    I admit these polls are definitely fun and interesting to analyze, but I hope they aren’t taken too seriously and as an excuse to continue lazy narratives. My opinion hasn’t been changed about certain players based on this poll, it just seems like anonymous jabs at successful players and easy targets. But so is much of the hockey media.


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