When the NHL returned from the lockout in 2005, it wanted to do a better job of showcasing speedy, talented players. The obstruction rules were added and enforced, and suddenly, quickness was the key to victory for many teams around the league.
There have always been remarkably fleet-footed players in the NHL, however, and some of the fastest guys to ever play the game have played over the last decade.
From Pavel Bure's ridiculous acceleration to Phil Kessel's untouchable north-south quickness, there's no shortage of speed killing defenses around the NHL.
Winning the fastest skater competition is all well and good, but the focus of this list will be on game-speed and abilities. Anyone can fly around a rink, doing laps at top speeds. But only the best players in the world are capable of performing at the highest level while skating quickly.
The difference between the 10th guy on this list and the first guy on this list is incredibly small and, as always, it's totally subjective. Think a player was left off the list? Feel free to make your case down in the comments section.