Every team in the NHL needs energy players.
Energy players are the guys who get it done when other players are struggling, guys who are willing to go the extra mile. Energy players are willing to do whatever it takes to light a fire underneath their team and get the guys going. They hit hard, they forecheck, they backcheck, they sacrifice the body to block shots, they go to the corners and to the net hard, they score clutch goals and they even get down with the fisticuffs if that's what their team needs.
Most importantly, they know how to win all the small battles.
We all know that hockey is a game of inches and these guys are the guys who do whatever it takes to grab that extra inch.
Here are 13 of the best energy players the league has to offer. Any team in the NHL would love to have one or more of these guys in their books.
Note: There are certainly other great energy players out there but only so many can be included—here are, in my mind, the 13 best ones.