NHL Draft 2010: Worst Haircuts of Past Ten Years of drafts (mullets!)
More than any other sport, hockey has embraced monstrosities in terms of haircuts.
The mullet and the long shaggy look for example. It may be because of past trends in the sport, or simply because of the gritty, tough image that is personified by many players. Or they want to appear as if they do not care what their image and persona is seen to be by the public.
For fans and people who grow to become fans of these players, their image and identity as a professional is made at the NHL Draft where they are introduced to a mass audience for the first time.
About 95 percent of the players in the draft make a traditional clean-cut debut for the teams that select them as they do not want to "rock the boat."
However, there is the other five percent of young players who decide that they want to make a splash, and grab the attention of teams and fans with haircuts only a mother could love.
The frequency of the crazy draft day hair-do has gone done since the 1980s as the required helmet has no doubt caused some players to pull out the clippers.
Despite these changes that have been seen and the notion that these players would know better by now, there are still guys who do not get the picture. Here are some of the best examples.
No. 10 Chicago Blackhawks Shawn Lalonde 2008
As with all great mullets, the Blackhawks 2008 pick of Shawn Lalonde has "business in the front and a party in the back".
He is a young defensemen who no doubt will make it to the big club next year, but when he does he has to earn the right to rock the power mullet with Patrick Kane.
No. 9 Atlanta Thrashers Niclas Lucenius 2007
This center from Finland drafted No. 115 overall is still playing in Europe.
Niclas Lucenius could move up to join Dustin Byfuglien and the Thrashers strikes a remarkable resemblance to actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's character 'Bruno'.
Obviously that is something that the marketing team in Atlanta could capitalize on. I'm sure they wish the resemblance was close to 'Borat' instead.
No. 8 St. Louis Blues Patrik Berglund 2006
The true spirit of the hockey mullet is personified by Blues Center Patrik Berglund.
The Berglund and his mullet... I mean, his play earned him on to the all-rookie team and has shown that he is an intricate part of the rise of a young and dynamic team in the Western Conference.
No. 7 Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek 2003
One of the more accomplished players to make the list is the former winner of NHL plus/minus award, Sabre winger Thomas Vanek.
This former all-star, who was the highest selection in the NHL Draft in Austrian history, should have cut his gold locks as he must have known he would grace the front page of newspapers from Buffalo to Vienna.
He has since shortened his hair a bit and his play has been consistent.
No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes Martin Hanzal 2005
The muffin-top hasn't been in since... well, never.
Martin Hanzal was a first round pick for the Coyotes back in 2005, and since then has been a part of the team for three seasons. He is a consistent center and this past season he racked up 104 penalty minutes for the highly successful Desert Dogs.
Fear the Muffin Top!
No. 5 Atlanta Thrashers Dany Heatley 2000
Dany Heatley is without a doubt the best and most productive player to make the list out of any of the players to receive the honor.
His addition to the list may not be because of the craziness or shock value of the hair. Heatley being the second pick of the 2000 draft it was interesting to see the curly mullet in full force.
Heatley is a multiple all-star and Olympic gold medalist, has become one of the best players in the world, but we are all glad that his curls are gone now in his Shark days.
No. 4 Carolina Hurricanes Magnus Akerlund 2004
Akerlund was a goalie that was taken in 2004 by the Canes in hopes that he would lead them to a cup.
The next season a rookie goalie led the Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup victory instead of Magnus Akerlund—the 2002 pick Cam Ward.
Akerlund, on the other hand, is still playing hockey in his home country of Sweden and one can only hope that his mullet remain hidden under a mask over there.
No. 3 San Jose Sharks Lukas Kaspar 2004
This former first round pick by the Sharks was very much trying to directly or indirectly bring in a 1980's 'big hair rock band' look with this hair-do in 2004.
Lukas Kaspar made his way to the league in 2008 and had a very minimal impact with the team that drafted him. He then had a cup of tea with the Philadephia Flyers at the beginning of the season before signing a contract to play in Europe.
No. 2 Washington Capitals Michal Neuwirth 2006
This is a player that you may see making an impact in the NHL over the next couple of seasons.
However, during Michal Neuwirth's draft day he was not looking his best.
Although he's a top level net-minding prospect, Neuvirth looked like a eighth grader who was overdue for a haircut. He was young and did not know better, but in the NHL it's short or mullet. The shaggy look is just not acceptable.
Neuvirth has gone on to be a AHL legend setting the GAA record for Hershey and bringing that club to two straight Calder Cups. It will not be long before he is moving into a spot on the ice with Backstrom and Ovie.
No. 1 Washington Capitals Oscar Hedman 2004
Oscar Hedman's mullet is revolutionary and most likely will usher in a new era of mulletdom.
Some of you may be find his last name to be familiar. He is in fact the older brother of last year's No. 2 overall NHL pick Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay lightning.
Oscar has not made his way into the NHL, but he has the dubious honor of having the worst draft day haircut of the new millennium.