Ranking the 10 Most Durable Players in the NHL

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Ranking the 10 Most Durable Players in the NHL
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Who are the most durable players in the NHL? We're looking for players like the recently retired Nicklas Lidstrom, who can log the big minutes, take the harshest physical punishment and yet rarely miss a shift.

To answer this question we're looking at both the ice time and the games played of all active NHL players (except for goalies) who have been playing since the 2005 lockout or longer.

There are some players who have shown great durability in shorter careers, like Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano, but each of these chosen ten have been proving themselves for much longer.

According to the numbers compiled over at Springing Malik, for the past four full 82-game seasons about 7,910 games are lost to injury every year. With 49,200 games played every year, that means one game is missed for every 6.22 played and that the percentage of games in which an average player will be able to compete is about 86.1 percent.

Not only have each of these players participated in at least 97.5 percent of their team's games, they've also done so while handling top-line minutes. Turn over to begin.

 

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted. 

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