There is no denying the excitement of a player who can dazzles defenses with his stick handling, or a goaltender who robs opponents across the crease. But the heart and soul of hockey rests in a very simple, innate trait: toughness.
Toughness comes in many forms.
It can be found in a player who bullies his way into the crease to screen the netminder; it can be found in a guy willing to drop the gloves for his superstar; and it can be found in a player who takes extra shifts at the end of the game, playing through an injury in order to preserve his team's lead.
It can be difficult to assign the title "toughest player" to a member of each team, as so many of these athletes are the epitome of toughness. But when it comes down to it, a select few NHLers simply stand out.
These are the toughest players on each and every NHL team right now.