Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top 50 All-Time Wrist Shots

Is there a better offensive weapon than a deadly wrist shot? When certain players use wrist shots the shot becomes a weapon of epic proportions. Wristers are very fundamental and here is out list of the top 50 greatest wrist shots ever.

51. Ryan Kesler:
Ryan Kesler has a deadly wrist shot which he can put in from the top of the circle as shown here.

50. Tyler Seguin:
Tyler Seguin is up there for best wrist shots in the NHL, it seems to be stronger and just as accurate as Alexander Semin's (The reigning NHL's best wrist shot) but needs to prove it more, It also helps that his slap shot has been clocked at 97.1 MPH.

49. Darryl Sittler:
Darryl Sittler scored ten points in one game, and with a wrist shot like his it's not as hard as it seems.

48. Mike Gartner:
Gartner had an exceptional career, and the 6th most goals in NHL history. Gartner could catch, set and shoot before a goalie knew what happened.

47. Lanny McDonald:
Lanny had a menacing shot, Why don't you ask the '89 Montreal Canadians!

46. Daniel Sedin:
Sedin has an accurate wrist shot, it may not have been as quick as others but he can put it almost anywhere he wants.

45. Dany Heatley:
Heatley can put the biscuit in the basket like not to many, every shot in his arsenal is strong but his wrister is quicker than any other shot and is his best move.

44. Martin Havlat:
Havlat has been moved around many times, but one thing that stayed constant in his ever changing career is Havlat's ability to tap the twine from anywhere in the offensive zone, with both power and accuracy he's become a coveted sniper.

43. Phil Kessel:
Kessel has one of the most powerful wristers in the league nowadays, his accuracy is great and his wrister is one of the reasons Brian Burke traded a treasure chest for him.

42. Stephane Richer:
Richer may not be the most known player on the 90's Devils, but he was a key component on a key team in it's decade, Richer had a wicked wrist shot that he used when it counted during the Eastern Conference Finals.

41. Jeremy Roenick:
Jeremy Roenick, there's not  much more to say other than the fact he is one of the most accurate shooters the league has ever seen.

40. Marian Gaborik:
Gaborik is a sniper who can fire with the best of them, he has scored five goals in one game and leads the Wild in goals, assists and points, with his knack to find the back of the net it's no surprise.

39. Ray Sheppard:
Sheppard can launch his rocket wrist shot off balance and on any angle, here's some proof.

38. Richard Martin:
I did not know much about Richard Martin before researching this list but after seeing game tape it's hard to deny his spot on the list.

37. Ray Bourque:
Ray Bourque, while known for his slap shot Bourque could get a blue line wrister past the goalie too.

36. Evgeni Malkin
Malkin and his exploding shot emerged almost as quickly as it takes for him to hit the netting.

35. Petr Nedved:
In a game full of fundamentals, fundamentalist snipers are excellent to have when the players are tired, just ask Petr Nedved.

34. Mike Fisher:
Mike Fisher's wrist shot is quicker than most, and may be one of the hardest in 'L' history.

33. Mats Sundin:
The greatest Maple Leaf ever also had one of the greatest wrist shots ever, he had a release smooth as butter and quicker than the energizer bunny.

32. Milan Hejduk:
Hejduk is an under-the-radar guy who can put his wrister in automatically and loves to use it after a sweet deke or on the breakaway.

31. Jeff Carter:
Jeff Carter is fragile and seems like he always will be, but still he is a forward who can snipe  with the best of them, but having a nasty wrist shot might help.

30. Peter Bondra:
One of the greatest snipers with a lethal wrist shot, Peter Bondra scored tons of goals including 5 in one game, his shot was so fluid and quick as lightning, when he had the puck I could not wait to see what was going to happen.

29. Joe Nieuwendyk:
Niewendyk's wrist shot heaved him into the Hockey Hall of Fame and nightmares of opposing goalies.

28. Jaromir Jagr:
Jaromir Jagr has possibly the best wrist shot in the game today (you know, if your not including the Washington Capitals)

27. Mike Modano:
Even when his speed and slap shot were eroding Mike Modan was a sniping threat due to his nasty wrist shot.

26. Maurice Richard:
Before the Gretzkys, Lemieuxs, Sakics and Yzermans there was Maurice "The Rocket" Richard! With the top offensive arsenal up until Wayne Gretzky Maurice knew how to score on any goalie in the league.

25. Marcel Dionne:
Not much video on Marcel Dionne but all accounts and tapes lead me to believe he was a Sakic before Sakic, a great all around player with the best wrister of his time!

24. Luc Robitaille:
Robitaille loved hockey and scored with his wrist shot many times, Luc also has the most points at his position.

23. Bobby Hull:
The "Golden Jet" scored 600+ goals in his career thanks to his devastating release on his thundering wrist shot.

22. Brett Hull:
Hull may not have been the most all around player, but his shooting was top notch and world class!

21. Peter Forsberg:
Peter Forsberg may not have been the highest scorer on his team but he had one of the best wristers I have ever seen, his wrister get's overlooked though when you take in account the moves he used to deke anyone and pass to anyone on the ice at any time.

20. Jarome Iginla:
His beastly shot is the reason he's a volume scorer and like many on this list his wrist shot is his best!

19. Teemu Selanne:
The "Finnish Flash" has a a blazing shot to come after that super speed and it's pinpoint accuracy doesn't hurt either.

18. Paul Kariya:
Paul Kariya's greatest asset was his quickness, but that quickness ran all through his body and through his stick.

17. Petr Sykora:
Sykora makes his living in the NHL as a sharpshooter, still doing so as an elder-statesman, whenever he can he buries a wrister.

16. Mike Bossy:
Mike Bossy scored with a wrist shot that is better than most of the league now with a 2x4 with a blade, Bossy is a killer and his wrist shot brought Stanley Cups to the Islanders on more than one occasion.

15. Ilya Kovalchuk:
Kovy can score off balance, from anywhere in the zone, with bad teammates and on the best goalies, Kovy collects himself and shoots faster than almost everyone in the league.

14. Alexander Mogilny:
Mogilny scored many of his goals quickly catching and firing laser wristers from anywhere and everywhere, with his devastating speed and amazing hands he could also get open for every shot possible.

13. Sergei Fedorov:
It's hard to imagine Fedorov ever had the 3rd best wrist shot on the team, it's lethal and it was the second best on Detroit too, only twelve players had better wrist shots then Fedorov, and he played with four of them.

12. Pavel Bure:
Pavel Bure had a quality that most others didn't every time he touched the puck you were on your feet, he could dangle with the best of them, his slap shot is with Al MacInnis and his wrist shot is as dangerous as they come.

11. Wayne Gretzky:
The "Great One" did not have the most traditionalo wrist shots in his arsenal but when he wanted to he could unleash his scorcher into the twine.

10. Mario Lemieux:
Basically the same thing as Gretzky you know, just taller and right handed.

9. Alexander Ovechkin:
Alexander Ovechkin has the third prrettiest wrist shot ever, and it helps that he puts it in from anywhere and eveerywhere.

8. Alexander Semin:
Alexander Semin top ten? you don't believe me? Well it's true, pretty, strong, quick, accurate, can shoot off balance, on his knees, Semin is a master of the wrist shot.

7. Guy Lafleur:
His shot was hard, and accurate, plus every time he came up the ice the puck seemed to be in the net!

6. Mark Messier:
Mark Messier knew when to score, and he did it with a top ten wrist shot of all time in his move-set.

5. Brendan Shanahan:
Shanny became a powerhouse in Detroit but while in St.Louis Shanny's wrist shot was king, with a release unlike almost every other player ever he scored many goals with great power and accuracy.

4. Wendel Clarke:
Wendel Clarke was one of the hardest hitters, punchers, and wristers, and rightfully so he was the Leafs enforcer as well as the focal point of their offense.

3. Alexei Kovalev:
Alexei Kovalev has possibly the second most accurate wrist shot ever, as well as top 5 in power, had he tried for his career he may have been over Naslund!

2. Markus Naslund:
Had Joe Sakic never existed Markus Naslund would have had the greatest wrist shot bar-none, and it's fitting due to the fact that it seemed like every one of his goals was a wrist shot! He was the Canucks offense and it was smart because his shot was diamond standard.

1. Joe Sakic:
The best wrist shot ever no matter who you compare. Stronger. Quicker. More Accurate. Everyone ever wanted this wrist shot. It should be universally known that "Super" Joe Sakic owns the greatest wrist shot ever!


Anonymous said...

hectic list!1!!! man i cant think of a better top 3 except i might switch shanny and clarke

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Anonymous said...

Usually these lists are lame but this one was fun and really accurate. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Sakic #1 is completely accurate!

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