Power forward is a difficult position to play in the NHL. It combines the ability to score goals and the ability to play a tough, physical style of hockey.
Because the position requires size, power forwards are usually late bloomers who don't become very effective until they are in their mid-20s when their body becomes bigger and more mature.
The career of a power forward is often brief because they both give out and take a lot of physical punishment.
Here is a list of the 20 greatest power forwards in NHL history. These are players who can use their hands and size to intimidate goalies and enforcers alike.
Longevity does count for something as we are examining the entire career of these players. The rankings are a combination of how good a player was in his prime and how long he was effectively able to play at a high level.
Feel free to comment and to mention any players you feel I may have missed.