Whether you love it, hate it or couldn't care less, the shootout is in the NHL to stay.
Adapted after the lockout that canceled the 2004-05 season, the shootout is held during the preseason and regular season when the game is still tied after 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime. In the shootout, players find themselves skating in all by themselves on the goalie doing whatever they can (within the rules) to steal two points.
Some players have become good at the shootout in the last six seasons, so I decided to make a slideshow to pick the best shootout specialist on every team.
In order to make a selection, I looked at shootout statistics from each team. I determined the representative for each team by overall number of goals scored, game-deciding goals scored, the percentage of game-deciding goals and the overall career percentage. In some instances, there were ties between players in more than one category, so narrowing it down could be challenging.
Also, this is not about the best shootout specialist in a team's history since the shootout. It is the best player that is currently on that team, even if they excelled in the shootout with another team.
If another player was considered for a certain team but didn't make the cut, I will recognize them, too. I hope you enjoy the slideshow, which includes videos of a good shootout goal from each player's career.