Left wingers don't seem to win quite as many awards as centers and right wingers, but that doesn't mean that there's no skill or star power to be found at the position. Narrowing this list down to just ten players was not an easy task, because there are many worthy candidates, but somehow I did work it down. As with all of these lists, there will be some dissent, and I think this one may draw a little extra. Read on to find my picks for the best left wingers ever.
#10 Aurele Joliat
@yave1964 The WHA even got mentioned a couple of times. I thought of you when that happened. Lol
The guys that made your list that didn't make mine were guys I considered, as were the guys in your honorable mention list. I tend to shy away from honorable mention lists because they just open things up for a whole new level of criticism if I leave someone's favorite off of both the list and the honorable mention list, but I'll throw one more name out there with those: Dickie Moore. Some of the
If Alex Ovechkin were to decline this day on, he would still be the second most accomplished left winger of all time, and that just goes to show how great he is.
Only Ted Lindsay and Bobby Hull should be over him
They do not even get into the top 10 conversation.
Wendel Clark never even scored 80 points in his career, during an era where top forwards were routinely scoring 120+ points. His claim to fame is being a leaf fan favorite because he was a banger who could score some goals and fight, nothing more. Constantly injured because of his style too. Clark would be lucky to break top 30 among LW's.
Rick Martin might get into the top 30, but nowhere near the top 10 due to his short
Andreychuk's stats. Man LW was a lower tier position for many years.
All things considered Chuk has 2-3 really good regular season years and then a bunch of average ones.
50 goals and 99 points in that era is more akin to 35 goals and 65-70 points in Marleau's prime era. But aside from those 3 seasons, Andreychuk has a lot of seasons that by today's standards would be 20-25 goal, 50 point seasons.
Its so dime a dozen.
Case in point, 1983-84. 38 goals and