Sunday Conversation: If You Could Pick One Player......


Welcome to the second installment of the Sunday Conversation.  A chance for the Rat Trick community to chat amongst each other.

Today’s topic gives you the opportunity to pick one player to start your NHL team.  The player you pick has to be active, and preferably younger than 35.  So if you can stay away from Niklas Lidstrom that would be great.  Name your player and why you would start your team with him.  There’s no right or wrong answer.

For me, the decision is really easy.  It’s not Crosby, Ovechkin or either one of the Sedin sisters twins.  It’s not that goalie from Vancouver, Bobby Lose either.  While you might say that I’m disrespecting the Florida Panthers with my pick, when you consider the roster changes over the years, I just can’t pick a player currently with the team that fits my mold.  In reality, when I look around at all the top players in the league there’s no player I’d rather start my team with.  First of all your team needs heart, leadership and determination.  It needs a player that has those attributes along with skill, speed, grit and hockey sense.  A player that says “follow me boys, I’ll lead the way.  But also a player that’s well liked by his teammates, can have fun with the guys when it’s necessary, but will never back down from a challenge.

At the tender age of 21, Jonathan Toews became the captain of a young Chicago Blackhawks team, and in the second year of his captaincy led them to a Stanley Cup Championship.  The first in Chicago in 49 years.  He’s been called Captain Serious, Captain Marvel and even Captain America.  His performance in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs speaks for itself. When you look at the following video, you’ll see why he’s easily my choice.


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