"It's All a Numbers Game" is continued this week with installment No. 5. This week we'll take a look at Nos. 41 - 50. Also the winner of last week's poll, the best player ever to wear No. 45, can be seen below. So let's jump right into it with No. 41.
41. Jason Allison—Boston Bruins
Jason spent 12 seasons in the NHL, with his best season coming in 2001 when he racked up 95 points. Jason's career saw him miss many games due to injuries but when he did play, he was a star. In total he had 485 points in 552 career games.
42. Kyle Wellwood—Vancouver Canucks
Although only in his fourth season in the NHL, Kyle Wellwood is my pick for No. 42. He began his career with a solid rookie campaign in Toronto, posting 45 points in 81 games.
He followed that up with a 42-point performance in 48 games. Injuries caused him to struggle recently, but after being waived by Toronto he has found his stride in Vancouver. Wellwood has played in 208 career games recording 120 points.
43. Patrice Brisebois—Montreal Canadians
Patrice is a veteran D-man playing for Montreal. He has been a fixture on the Habs blue-line from 1990 - 2004 and 2007 - present time. Patrice has 405 points in 966 games. Not bad for a defenseman.
44. Chris Pronger—St.Louis Blues
The second defenseman on the list, Pronger is a tough guy with decent speed and is a point producer. Chris is a Stanley Cup Champ as well as a Hart and Norris Trophy Winner. He has 558 points in 940 games.
45. Rhett Warrener—Calgary Flames
The winner of last week's poll, Warrener is a hard-nosed D-man and an alternate captain for the Flames. He prides himself on his defensive play and has just over 100 points on his career (106).
46. Andrei Kostitsyn—Montreal Canadians
Only in his second full season with the Habs and he already grabs No. 46 on this list. Andrei is a player with tons of potential and looks to have many great years ahead of him in the NHL. Kostitsyn as of now has 76 points in 133 games.
47. Richard Pilon—New York Islanders
With perhaps one of the best names in hockey, Pilon played both forward and defense for the Islanders during the late 80's and early 90's. A typical goon, Pilon racked up 1745 penalty minutes in his career. He also played for the Rangers and Blues.
48. Daniel Briere—Philadalphia Flyers
Daniel's career took off in Buffalo after being traded from the Phoenix Coyotes. Briere played only a few seasons for the Sabres before signing a huge contract with the Flyers, where he currently plays. Briere was the All-Star game MVP in 2007 and is sitting at 457 points in 570 career NHL games.
49. Brian Savage—Montreal Canadians
Brian was a hard worker throughout his career with the Canadians, Coyotes, and Flyers. Always solid on the back-check, he retired in 2006 after a career that saw him put up over 300 points.
50. Joe Dipenta—Anahiem Ducks
Joe was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup Champ Ducks and has been a sixth-seventh defensemen throughout his career, showing the quality of players available at No. 50. He scored 23 points and had 110 PIM in 174 career games.
Look for next week's issue where we look at number 51 - 60. Meanwhile, take a look at this week's poll and vote on the best player ever to wear No. 53.