Every year, the superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Evengi Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews get all the accolades for leading their teams through the season offensively. However, who are the players who make hits, block shots, take the puck from the other team and minimize turnovers that help to carry their teams through the grind that is the 82-game NHL regular season?
These players create opportunities for the superstars through their fearless play along the boards, in the corners and in front of the net. Without enough blue-collar players in a franchise's lineup, it surely won't make the playoffs.
This list is based on statistics from the 2012 NHL regular season. We place value on hits, blocked shots and takeaways on this list.
Let's take a look at the top 50 NHL blue-collar forwards for the 2012 regular season.