The Five Best Wrist Shots in the NHL

Bobby KezneikCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2010

The Five Best Wrist Shots in the NHL

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    There are different types of players in the NHL today.

    In order to be a successful team, more often then not you need a good mixture of a-lot of the different player types in the NHL.

    There are the playmakers, think: Sidney Crosby, Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Joe Thornton, Marc Savard, Martin St.Louis

    There are the power-forwards, think: Dustin Byfuglien, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Troy Brouwer, Milan Lucic, Rick Nash

    There are the tough guys, think: Colton Orr, Derek Boogard, Jody Shelley

    There are the danglers, think: Pavel Datsyuk

    And then there are the snipers.

    Players who have a natural sense to score goals. Laser shots, with power and accuracy, think: Alexander Semin, Dany Heatley, Steven Stamkos, Alexander Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Gaborik.

    In this list, I will be providing you with the five players who have a better (harder, faster, more accurate) wrist shot then the others, with video to back up my picks.


5. Evgeni Malkin

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    Evgeni Malkin, although most will view him as a playmaker, the big Russian forward has one of the most dangerous wrist shots in the NHL.


4. Alexander Ovechkin

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    There isn't much that is needed to be said about Alexander Ovechkin's shot.

    People may argue that he just only shoots from the perimeter, but when you have a wrist shot like Ovechkin does, why not shoot from the outside?

3. Phil Kessel

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    Phil Kessel has one of the quickest wrist shots I have ever seen, and he combines that with quick legs and when Kessel has the puck on the wing, as he does in this video, he is gone and the chances of you catching up to him is very unlikely.

2. Ilya Kovalchuk

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    Ilya Kovalchuk has had seven consecutive 40+ goal seasons.

    I think it's safe to say the key to his success is his wrist shot, and slap shot for that matter.

    No wonder New Jersey wants to keep him locked.

1. Alexander Semin

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    Alexander Semin has the best wrist shot in the NHL, and it's not even close.

    In the video he scores a hat-trick against the Ottawa Senators, all three goals coming from three excellent snipes.

    Here is another video I recommend you watching of Semin's shot.