When a player loads up for a huge slap shot in the NHL, it sends a message.
Obviously, the player who is firing the puck would like to see it end up in the back of the net. However, it doesn't have to result in a goal in order to be effective. A hard slap shot can lead to rebounds and deflection opportunities, and it can intimidate opposing players in general.
When it's the opposing goaltender who is intimidated, that's a big win for the the shooter and his team.
Here's a look at 15 players who possess the most feared slap shots in the NHL.