NHL Power Rankings: Top 10 Enforcers Currently in the NHL

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NHL Power Rankings: Top 10 Enforcers Currently in the NHL
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When the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Steve MacIntyre earlier this offseason, General Manager Ray Shero knew he was claiming ownership to one of the NHL's most capable bodyguards for one of the league's most elite teams.

MacIntyre sent a chilling message to the NHL in the first game of the 2010-2011 season by knocking out Raitis Ivanans.

Ivanans has not played since.

MacIntyre's presence on the ice is a deterrent force that will help protect players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The new signing will help fill the void left by the departure of Eric Godard to the Dallas Stars. As evidenced by a game against Trevor Gillies and the New York Islanders on February 11 of this past season, enforcers are a necessity in the NHL.

Not to be confused with a ranking of the NHL's top fighters, this countdown examines the players possessing the most useful enforcing abilities.

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