In the NHL there are forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
In some cases, players who are forwards can also play the defensive position very well, as is the case for some defensemen who can play offense very well.
This slideshow consists of the top 25 strongest backchecking forwards in the NHL.
Note that these ratings were not made through biased opinions and also were not done through stats alone.
Some players on the list may be injured currently, so do not be surprised if you see a player who has played three or four games make the list.
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He may not be a top player on the Kings, and his offensive numbers may be low, but Richardson knows how to play defense.
His backchecking and defensive skills have placed him in the top 25 for blocked shots by forwards this season.
Another King forward hits the list. Stoll is a very strong two-way player for Los Angeles.
He can score 15 to 20 goals a season and play a strong defensive style of play.
He will block shots, steal pucks and play a man down for the Kings. He is a strong backchecking forward.
Though his offensive statistics have taken a major drop, Little's defensive play continues to impress Atlanta.
The 23-year-old forward knows how to backcheck, and he knows how to play a strong two-way game. He is a huge asset to the Atlanta Thrashers organization.
Fraser's strong defensive play has landed him in the top 22 for blocked shots this season by a forward.
Fraser is not a very strong offensive forward, and backchecking is a stronger asset of his.
He has helped the Oilers' penalty kill and young corps, and he makes the Oilers a stronger defensive team, even as a forward.
Connolly can put up some very good offensive numbers for his teams, and his defensive play isn't bad either.
Connolly is another strong two-way forward in the NHL, and he is an asset to the Buffalo Sabres as a forward and as a two-way player.
Connolly becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and I expect he will be well sought-after by many teams.
Madden is a top two-way forward in the NHL, and his defensive numbers have been excellent this season.
Madden has been a strong offseason pickup by Minnesota, as he is a top backchecking forward, landing in the top 17 for blocked shots so far this season by a forward.
Brian Boyle has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers this season, as his offensive totals have been outstanding and his defensive play has been strong.
Boyle has been an asset on offense for the Rangers with 10 goals and an assist, and his defensive play has been stellar.
Brian Boyle is quickly becoming a very good two-way player, with the ability to score and log major penalty kill minutes.
Marchant has not scored a goal yet this season for the Anaheim Ducks, but he has been stellar on the backcheck.
Marchant's defensive play has placed him ninth in the NHL for blocked shots by a forward so far in 2010-11 season.
Marchant is amongst the league's best defensive forwards, and his stats reveal that fact.
The 27-year-old forward is turning into one of the league's most dominant two-way players.
Moulson has the ability to score 25 to 30 goals a season and help on defense for his current club, the New York Islanders.
Moulson, in only his fourth NHL season, is turning out to be a steal for the Islanders.
One of the top players in the NHL has dominated offensively throughout his career.
Crosby has also been solid defensively and on the backcheck.
He is on pace for another 50-goal season on offense, and on defense he is on pace for a strong season in the blocked shots category.
Belanger has been a solid offseason pickup by the Coyotes, as he has been a very solid two-way player.
His offensive stats have been decent, and he has played very solid on the backcheck.
Belanger is a tough and solid NHL forward, offensively and defensively.
Steckel has been a top backchecking forward for the Washington Capitals and in the NHL.
Steckel has not been a huge goal scorer, but he has been important on the penalty kill and on the backcheck.
His work in the defensive zone has paid off, as he stands in the top 17 for blocked shots by a forward so far this season.
Malhotra has been a top backchecking forward in the NHL throughout his professional career.
Malhotra is an excellent defensive forward, and he enjoys doing the jobs of a defender.
Malhotra is currently 12th in the league for blocked shots by a forward.
Pavelski has become a dominant two-way forward for the Sharks in his five-season career.
So far this season Pavelski has scored seven goals and 11 assists, and he is ranked seventh in the NHL for blocked shots by a forward.
Pavelski has played very well offensively, while remembering his duties in the defensive zone.
In his career, Umberger has been a legit two-way forward who can put up decent offensive numbers while playing well on the backcheck too.
Umberger has had a strong two-way season thus far, with seven goals and nine assists on the season, and he is tied for seventh in the blocked shots category for forwards.
Umberger is another strong backchecking forward in the NHL.
Joel Ward has been a solid two-way player throughout his four-season career, averaging about 15 goals a season on offense, while playing a strong defensive game.
Ward is strong in all assets of the game, and from what I have been told about the 29-year-old winger, he is a solid two-way player, willing to do anything his team needs him to do.
Throughout his long career, St. Louis has been a very solid two-way player who can play well offensively on the forecheck and defensively on the backcheck.
St. Louis is off to another strong season, as he stands at the top of the league in third place for assists and blocked shots by a forward.
Dubinsky has been the best Rangers forward this season, as he leads the team in goals and points, and his defensive play has been outstanding.
Dubinsky has played an excellent all-around game for the Rangers, as he stars on the power play, even strength and the penalty kill.
Dubinsky is finally having his breakout season, and he will get a lengthy contract at the season's end.
Over the years, Kesler has put up very good offensive numbers for the Canucks, averaging about 20 goals a season over his six-season career.
Kesler has also been a very good two-way player throughout his career.
He is a strong all-around player who will give the Canucks 20 goals on offense, and he'll be an asset on the backcheck and help out on defense.
Jeff Halpern has been an excellent offseason acquisition for the Canadiens, as he has put up decent offensive numbers and defensive numbers.
Halpern has scored 13 points in 24 games so far this season for Montreal, and he is slated in the top 10 for blocked shots by a forward.
NHL GMs must be hitting themselves for missing out on the opportunity to sign Halpern over the 2010 free agency period.
Claude Giroux is quickly becoming a lead player for the Philadelphia Flyers and one of the better two-way players in the NHL.
The Flyers are known for having a tough penalty kill to score against, and they are also known for their ability to score while short-handed.
Giroux is a huge reason for that, and his ability to play well on offense and defense is making him one of the NHL's best.
Betts is not known for superstar speed or an all-star shot, but Betts is known across the NHL as one of the better backchecking forwards in the league.
Betts was a favorite when he played for the New York Rangers, and his contributions on the penalty kill were greatly appreciated by the Rangers and their fanbase.
Betts has brought that same defensive-minded play to the Philadelphia Flyers, making them a better team defensively.
His hard work on the penalty kill and on the backcheck makes him No. 4 on the list.
Another Flyer makes the list of superb backchecking forwards, as Mike Richards hits the top three.
Richards is one of the stronger two-way forwards in the NHL today, as he continuously contributes on offense and defense for the Flyers.
Richards is off to another strong season for Philly, with 25 points in 25 games, and he is currently seated in 16th place in the NHL for blocked shots by a forward.
Ryan Callahan is one of the hardest-working players in the NHL today. His "never stop" attitude has already been rewarded by an "A" on the side of his jersey, and at the end of the season it will earn him a long-term deal with the Rangers.
Callahan is a nonstop hard worker on the ice for the Rangers, and he plays well in both assets of the game (offensively and defensively).
Callahan has been a top threat on offense for the Rangers this season, and his effort on defense has placed him in first place for blocked shots by forwards.
There is only one forward in the NHL that beats out Callahan's backchecking effort, and that is...
The obvious choice, no?
The three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner continues to demonstrate a perfect two-way game.
Datsyuk is without a doubt the best two-way forward in the NHL today.