Today’s NHL adulates the scoresheet, celebrates the spectacular and pays tribute to those who bring home the hardware.
However, some of the greatest athletes fly below the radar, making the kind of plays that are overshadowed by the final result. These guys are some of the best to lace up the skates, and no team is complete without a quality playmaker.
The heart to play all 200 feet of the rink and the knowledge to think ahead of the action are some of the qualities of good playmakers. Some put up Hall of Fame numbers, while others are adorned the respect and honor from their peers, but altogether, they’re often the best player on the ice.
It can be their dedication or a superior knowledge of the game, but these players deserve to be listed among the best. The Detroit Red Wings have themselves a laundry list of tremendous playmakers, and this writer attempted to narrow it down to the top five in their history.
With a lot of gut-wrenching decisions, and without further ado, here are the five best playmakers in Detroit Red Wings history.