The 20 Most Feared Players in Hockey Today
In the NHL, there are many different types of players who are feared for different reasons.
There are the talented scorers with lethal shots that make goalies quake, and then there are the feared enforcers who often dish out punishment whenever they see fit.
These tough guys have a reputation of being no-nonsense players who stick up for their teammates, and they are not afraid to cross the line to send a message to opposing teams.
In the same light, top goal scorers are feared for their abilities, and defensemen have to think twice when they are on the ice.
With that in mind, here are the 20 most feared players in hockey today.
George Parros is a no-nonsense player and a man who is one of the best fighters in the NHL. Parros is also a great hitter who can dish out punishment if you cross him or one of his teammates.
Players are fearful of Parros because he has the potential to do this if he decides to drop the gloves with you.
"Big" John Scott is one of the most feared fighters in the NHL. He is a hired goon with a perfect record in all of his NHL fights.
He is a towering individual who throws massive bombs with his fists, and he can dish out a nasty hip check from time to time.
The Buffalo Sabres added him to their roster this offseason to add some muscle and intimidation to their lineup.
Brad Staubitz is another rough and tough enforcer who is feared by many players around league. He is now a member of the Anaheim Ducks, and he will be in charge of making sure no one takes a run at the Ducks' big four.
Last year, Staubitz won nine of his 15 fights, including bouts against top pugilists like Daniel Carcillo, Tim Jackman and Zenon Konopka.
He is someone you don't want to mess with because he will make you pay.
This video highlight package pretty much sums up why you don't want to mess with Shawn Thornton. He is big, bad and a very mean hockey player for the Boston Bruins who loves dishing out big hits and sticking up for his teammates.
Matt Cooke is a rough and aggressive hockey player who is credited with ending Marc Savard's career.
The Pittsburgh Penguins winger may have changed his ways last season, but he is still one of the league's most feared players because of his violent history.
Players always make sure their heads are up when Cooke is on the ice because they do not want to end up like Savard.
Raffi Torres is another player with a reputation for being a cheap-shot artist, and he's feared by many of his peers.
Torres was suspended during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs after violently taking out Marian Hossa with a dirty hit. Actions like this make other players fearful for their own safety whenever Torres is on the ice.
Brandon Prust is a pugilist who is never afraid to dish out a hard hit or drop the gloves to defend a teammate, so players are always wary when he is on the ice.
He isn't one of the league's biggest players, but he has a big heart and he refuses to quit. Do not cross Brandon Prust because he will make you sorry that you ever did.
Zdeno Chara is feared by many players for various reasons. Goalies fear Chara because he has the NHL's hardest slap shot.
His slapper is very lethal, and goalies still feel the force of a Chara blast even with all their equipment on.
Players who block shots also feat Chara for similar reasons, and his size also gives players a reason to be fearful whenever Big Z lines them up for a body check.
Brian McGrattan is a hulking enforcer who is a player you don't want to mess with. He can go toe-to-toe with the league's best fighters, and he won five of his six fights last season.
When McGrattan is on the ice, opponents take notice because they don't want to get caught taking a run at the Nashville Predators' star players.
Colton Orr is a player who has a reputation around the NHL for being a tough S.O.B. who punches firsts and asks questions later. He is one of the smaller enforcers in the league, and he is a player who loves to dish out huge body checks.
He is a player who has no qualms about toeing the line, and for that reason players around the league take notice of Orr whenever he is on the ice.
Milan Lucic is a double-threat player because not only can he put up 50 to 60 points a season, but he is a player who loves to dish out pain. Throughout Lucic's career, he has been involved in his fair share of fights and scrums, and he has been an executor of hellacious body checks.
This video clip is an example of why players are fearful when Lucic is about to drop the gloves with them, or line them up for a huge hit.
Aaron Asham is a notorious fighter who also likes to toe the line when playing the game, and he has a very tough reputation around the NHL.
Whenever Asham feels that one of his teammates has been on the receiving end of a dirty hit or cheap-shotted, Asham will step up to send a message. This video is a good example of why players fear Asham.
Here is another clip for good measure.
Chris Neil is the Ottawa Senators' main enforcer and one of their hardest hitters.
Opposing players always need to be cognizant of where Neil is when they are on the ice, because if they are not careful, they will end up getting flattened like a pancake.
Neil certainly made his presence known during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he will hope to continue that level of play in 2012-13.
Niklas Kronwall is such an intimidating and feared player that there is a verb for a player who ends up being devastated by one of his hits.
Getting "Kronwall'd" has become a verb used by announcers, writers and fans to describe the sheer force and devastation that is involved in a Niklas Kronwall hit.
Players are always fearful because their careers could end if they are Kronwall'd in the wrong way.
Alex Ovechkin is one of the league's most feared players because of his amazing offensive arsenal. As one of the NHL's top snipers, goaltenders are fearful when Ovie is on the ice because he has the ability to beat a goaltender in a multitude of ways.
Cam Janssen is a rough pugilist who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils. He never shies away from executing a hard hit, and he loves dropping the gloves.
He is a player who has a knack for getting his team pumped up after big fights, so teams tend to shy away from Janssen for that particular reason.
Behind Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara, Steven Stamkos has the most feared shot in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper was virtually unstoppable last season, scoring a career-high 60 goals.
His blistering slap shot has the ability to bring him down to one knee, his wrist shot seems to always find daylight to squeeze into the net and on a breakaway, his backhand is simply deadly.
Whenever he is on the ice, players are afraid because it is only a matter of time before he lights the lamp.
Corey Perry is one of the league's top goal scorers, but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Perry is a rugged player who has dropped the gloves when asked to, he dishes out hard body checks and he has been involved in his fair share of "grey-area hits."
Perry is a dual threat because he is feared for his scoring abilities and his physicality.
Jody Shelley is a veteran enforcer who has been around the NHL for quite some time. At this stage of his career, he is a grinding enforcer who is paid to hit hard and fight.
Shelley isn't afraid to dish out some hits that may cross the line, and he will rough up the opponents that are dumb enough to drop the gloves with him.
Not only is Shea Weber a player with a howitzer of a slap shot, he is a player who is an aggressive hitter, and he has no qualms about toeing the line when it comes to legal an illegal hits.
This incident from the 2012 postseason was missed by the NHL, and it added to Weber's reputation as a tough hockey player who does anything it takes to get an advantage for his team.