There are a number of ways to intimidate the opposition in the NHL.
While great fighters have intimidated opposing players for years, big hitters, unbeatable goaltenders and talented scorers can also be intimidating in various ways.
With the increasing concerns about blows to the head, the possible concussions they induce and the severe penalties for these infractions, many teams do not employ “goon” lines in today’s NHL. In fact, several teams, do not have a single player who plays only a few minutes and is a dedicated fighter exclusively.
Teams are much more likely to have a player or two who are physically intimidating, reasonably mobile and able to fight, on occasion.
In light of these changes over the past decade, here is a breakdown of each team’s most intimidating player, his main intimidating attribute(s) and brief analysis of his game. Also included are two honorable mentions for each team.
The regular statistics can be found on nhl.com
Advanced statistics are from Behind the Net