In hockey, you generally have a forward who fills one role.
The first and second line guys are your scorers, they run the offense and their job is to get you the goals, the third and fourth line guys are your grinders, they're hardworking, aggressive and will flatten out players with bone-crushing hits, and then you have your enforcers, there are usually one or two of them on a team and their job is to protect their teammates and drop the gloves when need be.
Those are the three main player types, but there is that one special kind of player who fills each role by himself, a very rare breed in the NHL who combines size, skill and toughness to invent himself as one of the most exciting and complete players in the game. That man is a power forward.
There is much debate over what makes a genuine power forward. Many people believe that if you use your size and strength to power to the net to score goals, then that constitutes you as a power forward.
That is certainly part of the package, but to be a true power forward you have to be skilled, you have to finish your checks and you won't shy away from a fight if the situation presents itself.
Players like Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Johan Franzen, although tremendously skilled and will dish out a good amount of hits, they all lack that mean streak and will rarely or never fight to stick up for themselves or for their teammates.
In my opinion, to be a true power forward you have to toss the mitts at least a couple times a season; this is why you will not see players like the ones described above on this list.
That being said, here are the top 10 power forwards in the NHL today (Neely-esque not Forsberg-esque).
Note: preseason and playoff fights included in totals.