Top 15 Most Untouchable NHL Players Of 2016-17
When players first put on our favorite team’s sweater, our imagination runs wild. The optimist in us dreams of glory and championships. We imagine the player staying in our city and adorning our colors and crest for their entire career. We wear their jersey to games and show our love and pride. When we play hockey in the street or on ice, the jersey and player symbolize the effort and talent we wish to display. When they retire, the player becomes synonymous with our city, that specific time of our life, and joins our list of heroes. We can’t wait untill their names and numbers hang in the rafters to always remind us of the excitement and glory we witnessed. We may have drafted or traded for the player, but what they do for us, makes them ours.
But sometimes the pessimist in us forms an early conclusion. It can be cemented in one game, one playoff series, the team they played on before, or even by their number or position. We demand they are traded, we are sure there are better options, and if we are right, we congratulate our arm chair predictions. What were we thinking in trading a young, buried player for this “bum.” What were we thinking in signing last year’s Vezina Trophy winner? But if we’re wrong, our lapses of memory becomes convenient and we celebrate that player as if he was meant for us and will always be ours!
Most of us identify with a player immediately. We buy their jersey as the optimist takes over. Sometimes we’re lucky, and the player spends their entire career on our team and our jersey becomes a badge of honor and respect. Other times, the player never fits, is traded, and we contemplate replacing the name and number with our next hero. But fear the unknown and the seamstress no more, buy the following players’ jersey, and no matter if they win a cup, you can wear their name and number forever.
15. DUNCAN KEITH
14. JONATHAN TOEWS
13. RYAN SUTER
12. BRENT BURNS
If the Wild never win a cup, a case could be made that it’s due to the curse of trading Brent Burns. Burns still wears a wild man’s, Minnesota winter beard beard as if he still lives there. He loves animals, the outdoors, our veterans, and seemed destined to wear the red, green, and white forever. I wonder how many fans shelled out the money to buy his jersey and then cursed when the Wild sent him to San Jose. His game has flourished even more, he’s got perhaps the best shot of all defensemen, and he is a fan favorite. He’s now got a family and a cult like following in San Jose, and when Thornton and Marleau hang’em up or just leave San Jose, Burns will keep the Sharks relevant. His contract will carry him until he’s 40, and he’s already the Sharks all time leader in goals and assists for a defenseman.