Detroit Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall's Most Jaw-Dropping Hits

Jordan MatthewsAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

Detroit Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall's Most Jaw-Dropping Hits

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    It's a term that has become a common phrase in Detroit and is gaining popularity in the NHL: "Kronwalled."

    Niklas Kronwall has made a name for himself by leaving more than one player of the opposing team wondering what their names are—especially in the playoffs.

    Some think of Kronwall as a modern day Scott Stevens, and while he may not be as good as Stevens, Kronwall is still a very skilled defender that can leave players on opposing teams hurting.

    With that, let's look at Kronwall's top bone crushing hits.

8. Anthony Stewart

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    If you've never heard of Anthony Stewart, don't feel bad—after this hit, neither has Anthony Stewart.

7. Teemu Selanne

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    This makes the list simply because Kronwall was hardly even moving when he leveled Teemu.

    Selanne later complained about this hit and Kronwall's "dirty" play. 

    I mean, come on Teemu, I know he's a Swede and you're from Finland, but you're employed by the Anaheim Ducks. You guys might as well sign Matt Cooke and make your intentions blatantly obvious.

6. Ryan Malone

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    At least when he looks in the mirror, he'll remember to keep his head up for next time.

5. Alexander Radulov

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    At least we know why Radulov wants to stay in the KHL.

4. Radek Bonk

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    One word: BOOM!

    Mad props to Bonk. It's not too often you see a guy get up after getting hit full speed by a bus.

    Hope somebody got the license plate.

    On another note, does anybody find Bonk's name a bit coincidental?

3. Dany Heatley

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    Dany Heatley isn't used to being hit with that much force until he's had several drinks.

    Okay, I'm going to hell for saying that.

    R.I.P. Dan Snyder

2. Ryane Clowe

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    I don't know which is better, the hit itself, or the fact that, after Kronwall leveled Dany Heatley a few games earlier, Clowe said he wanted a piece of Kronwall.

    I think he got it.

    The next game, Clowe was scratched due to "flu-like symptoms."

    Get well soon, Ryane.

1. Martin Havlat

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    No description necessary. 

    However, for your viewing pleasure, watch Havlat's eyes during the replays.

    This hit quickly generated a new name for Marty, "HavSplat."

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