It’s been more than seven years since the NHL adopted the shootout format, and after debuting to mixed approval, it has since been accepted almost universally as both an entertaining and effective way to nullify a tie.
Because the shootout became a critical part of the game where points could be earned, the players had to adapt to this format change, and therefore needed to perfect their breakaway skills.
For many players, the shootout has not come easily—even some superstars have been disastrous in their attempts: Steven Stamkos is 4-of-23, Marian Gaborik is 3-of-21, Dany Heatley is 5-of-27 and even Alex Ovechkin is only 18-of-59.
While many players have struggled, some have been absolutely spectacular.
These players may not be proficient scorers during regulation play, but they have invented themselves as an offensive weapon and game-changer to utilize after overtime concludes.
Here are the 10 best of those players in the NHL.
Note: Only active players are included in this list.