I had a discussion with a buddy of mine today about how some players from the '80s would do great in the NHL in 2008. Not all players could cut it today, but here is a list that we came up with of players we feel would be good or great players in the current NHL
Please feel free to let me know who we missed:
Peter Stastny - Quebec Nordiques
977 games played; 450 goals; 789 assists; 1,239 points; 824 penalty minutes.
Can set up a play from anywhere on the ice.
John Tonelli - NY Islanders
1,028 games played; 325 goals; 511 assists; 836 points, 911 penalty minutes.
Unorthodox style. Once scored five goals in a single game.
Rick Middleton - Boston Bruins
1,005 games played; 448 goals, 540 assists. 988 points, 157 penalty minutes.
Soft hands, and nicknamed Nifty. Five straight seasons of 40 or more goals. Solid two-way player.
Rick Vaive - Toronto Maple Leafs
876 games; 441 goals, 347 assists, 788 points, 1,455 points.
Three 50-goal seasons after Daryl Sittler left the Leafs.
Doug Wilson - Chicago Blackhawks
1,024 games; 237 goals; 590 assists; 827 points; 830 penalty minutes.
Won the Norris Trophy, as the second coming of Bobby Orr in the '74-75 season.
Glenn Anderson - Edmonton Oilers
1,129 games, 488 goals, 601 assists, 1,099 points, 1,120 penalty minutes.
Terrific skater who was fearless going to the goal. One of the best clutch players in the NHL.
Michel Goulet - Quebec Nordiques
1,089 games, 548 goals, 604 assists, 1,152 points, 825 penalty minutes.
Still one of the best skaters ever in the NHL. Hall of Famer.
Tim Kerr - Philadelphia Flyers
655 games, 370 goals, 304 assists, 674 points, 596 penalty minutes.
6'3" and 230 pounds. Four straight years of 50 or more goals. Tough to deal with in the slot. Great wrist shot.
Jari Kurri - Edmonton Oilers
Really, any of the Edmonton Oilers of this era could compete today.
Bobby Carpenter - Devils, Bruins, Capitals, Rangers, Kings
1,178 games played; 320 goals; 408 assist; 728 points, 919 penalty minutes.
Sports Illustrated called him "The Can't Miss Kid" Went straight from high school to the pros. Great at faceoffs.
Other names that I can go on and on about, in no particular order:
Dale Hawerchuck - Winnepeg Jets
Denis Savard - Chicago Blackhawks
Grant Fuhr - Edmonton Oilers
Mike Foligno - Buffalo Sabres
Neal Broten - Minnesota North Stars - 80 Olympian
Mats Naslund - Montreal Canadiens
John Vanbiesbrouck - NY Rangers
Dino Ciccarelli - Minnesota North Stars
Pat Lafontaine - NY Islanders
Ray Bourque - Boston Bruins
Gary Sutter - Calgary Flames
Cam Neely - Boston Bruins
Mike Gartner - Washington Capitals
Mike Bossy - NY Islanders
Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers
Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins
Joe Mullin - Calgary Flames
Guy Carbonneau - Montreal Canadiens
Bernie "Pumper" Nicholls - LA Kings
Mike Vernon - Calgary Flames
Stephane Richer - Montreal Canadiens
Marcel Dionne - LA Kings
Luc Robitaille - LA Kings
Mark Howe - Philadelphia Flyers
John Ogrodnick - Detroit Red Wings
Pelle Lindburgh - Philadelphia Flyers
Clark Gillies - NY Islanders
Paul Coffey - Edmonton Oilers
Bernie Federko - St. Louis Blues