It's All a Numbers Game: Part Two

Jack PorterCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2008

The series continues with numbers 11-20. I let you guys decide who No. 11 would be out of Igor Larionov, Bill Lindsey, and Mark Messier, and the winner is...


11. Mark Messier – Edmonton Oilers

Mark “The Moose” Messier was a main part of the Oilers' dynasty in the '80s. He won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and one with the New York Rangers. Messier has career numbers of 694 goals, 1193 assists, and 1887 points.


Messier won the Hart Memorial Trophy twice, as well as the Lester B. Pearson Trophy twice and the Conn Symthe Trophy once.


12. Dickie Moore – Montreal Canadiens

Moore played for the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and St. Louis Blues in his career, scoring 608 career points and winning six Stanley Cups.


Moore was a six-time All Star and a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974.


13. Mats Sundin – Toronto Maple Leafs

Sundin is one of the greatest players ever who never won a Stanley Cup. He is the leading scorer in Leafs history. Sundin was captain of the Leafs for ten years. He has 1321 career points.


Sundin has recently been in the middle of controversy as to when—if ever—he will return to the NHL and where.


14. Brendan Shanahan – Detroit Red Wings

Shanahan is a three time Stanley Cup winner and the best player ever to don No. 14. He has a career total of 1340 points while playing for New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, and the New York Rangers.


Shanahan is a hardnosed player and holds the unofficial record for “Gordie Howe Hat Tricks” (one fight, one goal, and one assist) with nine, even more than Gordie himself.


15. Dany Heatley – Ottawa Senators

Heatley has been a high-scoring player since his rookie season with the Atlanta Thrashers, when he won the Calder Memorial Trophy.


Heatley had a great career with the Thrashers, but due to the death of teammate and friend Dan Snyder in a car crash while Heatley was driving, he needed a change of scenery.


The Thrashers traded him to the Senators for Marian Hossa. Ottawa is where his career took off. Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, and Jason Spezza created one of the greatest trios in recent years. Heatley has 480 career points in 432 career games.


16. Marcel Dionne – Los Angeles

Dionne’s stardom began in junior hockey, where he scored 375 points in three seasons for the St. Catharines Blackhawks.


He scored 70-plus points in his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings. He was later traded to Los Angeles, where he recorded 100-plus point seasons seven times. He also led the Kings in scoring from 1975–1983.


His skills would have been more broadly seen if he hadn’t spent most of his career on the West Coast.


17. Wendel Clark – Toronto Maple Leafs

Clark was a defenseman in junior hockey, but was converted to forward after being picked first overall by Toronto.


He donned a Cap’n Crunch-like mustache and was a hard-nosed leader for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is a career 564-point scorer, but it is his leadership, toughness, and dedication that make him the greatest player ever to wear No. 17.


18. Denis Savard – Chicago Blackhawks

Savard was a scoring machine for the Blackhawks, with 1338 career points.

He was later traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Chris Chelios and a first round draft pick.


He went on to when a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993. He then returned to Chicago in 1994. His No. 18 hangs in the rafters of the United Center in Chicago.


19. Steve Yzerman – Detroit Red Wings

Yzerman served as captain for the Wings for two decades, a record for any player on any team in any major league sport in all of North America. He is a four-time Stanley Cup winner (three as a player and one as an executive).


During the 1989 season, Yzerman recorded 155 points; only Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux have beaten that mark. “Stevie Y” has 1755 points in 1514 games played in the NHL.


20.  Ed Belfour – Dallas Stars

Ed was a superstar since his rookie season, when he won the Calder Trophy, Vezina Trophy and the William M. Jennings Trophy.



Ed played for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Florida Panthers in his career.


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