NHL Players from the '80s: Could They Play Today?

Shawn OwensAnalyst IOctober 4, 2008

I had a discussion with a buddy of mine today about how some players from the '80s would do great in the NHL in 2008.  Not all players could cut it today, but here is a list that we came up with of players we feel would be good or great players in the current NHL

Please feel free to let me know who we missed:


Peter Stastny - Quebec Nordiques

977 games played; 450 goals; 789 assists; 1,239 points; 824 penalty minutes. 

Can set up a play from anywhere on the ice.


John Tonelli - NY Islanders

1,028 games played; 325 goals; 511 assists; 836 points, 911 penalty minutes. 

Unorthodox style.  Once scored five goals in a single game.


Rick Middleton - Boston Bruins

1,005 games played; 448 goals, 540 assists. 988 points, 157 penalty minutes. 

Soft hands, and nicknamed Nifty.  Five straight seasons of 40 or more goals.  Solid two-way player.


Rick Vaive - Toronto Maple Leafs

876 games; 441 goals, 347 assists, 788 points, 1,455 points. 

Three 50-goal seasons after Daryl Sittler left the Leafs.


Doug Wilson - Chicago Blackhawks

1,024 games; 237 goals; 590 assists; 827 points; 830 penalty minutes. 

Won the Norris Trophy, as the second coming of Bobby Orr in the '74-75 season.


Glenn Anderson - Edmonton Oilers

1,129 games, 488 goals, 601 assists, 1,099 points, 1,120 penalty minutes. 

Terrific skater who was fearless going to the goal.  One of the best clutch players in the NHL.


Michel Goulet - Quebec Nordiques

1,089 games, 548 goals, 604 assists, 1,152 points, 825 penalty minutes. 

Still one of the best skaters ever in the NHL.  Hall of Famer.


Tim Kerr - Philadelphia Flyers

655 games, 370 goals, 304 assists, 674 points, 596 penalty minutes. 

6'3" and 230 pounds.  Four straight years of 50 or more goals.  Tough to deal with in the slot.  Great wrist shot.


Jari Kurri - Edmonton Oilers

Really, any of the Edmonton Oilers of this era could compete today.


Bobby Carpenter - Devils, Bruins, Capitals, Rangers, Kings 

1,178 games played; 320 goals; 408 assist; 728 points, 919 penalty minutes. 

Sports Illustrated called him "The Can't Miss Kid"   Went straight from high school to the pros.  Great at faceoffs.


Other names that I can go on and on about, in no particular order:

Dale Hawerchuck - Winnepeg Jets

Denis Savard - Chicago Blackhawks

Grant Fuhr - Edmonton Oilers

Mike Foligno - Buffalo Sabres

Neal Broten - Minnesota North Stars - 80 Olympian

Mats Naslund - Montreal Canadiens

John Vanbiesbrouck - NY Rangers

Dino Ciccarelli - Minnesota North Stars

Pat Lafontaine - NY Islanders

Ray Bourque - Boston Bruins

Gary Sutter - Calgary Flames

Cam Neely - Boston Bruins

Mike Gartner - Washington Capitals

Mike Bossy - NY Islanders

Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers

Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins

Joe Mullin - Calgary Flames

Guy Carbonneau - Montreal Canadiens

Bernie "Pumper" Nicholls - LA Kings

Mike Vernon - Calgary Flames

Stephane Richer - Montreal Canadiens

Marcel Dionne - LA Kings

Luc Robitaille - LA Kings

Mark Howe - Philadelphia Flyers

John Ogrodnick - Detroit Red Wings

Pelle Lindburgh - Philadelphia Flyers

Clark Gillies - NY Islanders

Paul Coffey - Edmonton Oilers

Bernie Federko - St. Louis Blues




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