Every NHL team’s greatest player of all-time

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Since 1917, the NHL has seen countless legends come and go. Some of the greatest athletes ever didn’t catch passes, dunk over everyone, or run the bases. Rather, they played hockey. Each team has been blessed with some great players.

Rather than try to decide who the best players of all-time are, let’s look at players from each team and see who the best ones are. Which player defines each franchise? Who’s the greatest player from each team? I’ll attempt to shed some light on these areas.

Obviously, there are going to be some decisions you don’t agree with. That’s fine! Just let me know in the comments and tell me if you agree or disagree with my choices. Let’s set some ground rules. First of all, I’ll only deal with current teams. In other words, I’m not going to use the old Winnipeg Jets and the Arizona Coyotes. You won’t see any Hartford Whalers in this post, either.

Secondly, each player can only be selected for one team. This should make the decisions a bit more interesting. In case a player could be chosen for more than one team, I’ll elect to go with the team they are best known for playing on.

With that out of the way, let’s get started and celebrate the best player of all-time from each NHL team.

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)


Teemu Selanne

Forward,Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne – Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf is starting to challenge Teemu Selanne’s throne as the greatest Anaheim Ducks player of all-time. But he’s still quite a distance to go to top Teemu, who is among the most beloved hockey players of all-time.

Selanne spent 15 seasons with the Ducks from 1996 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2014. Trading him was one of the worst moves in franchise history while getting him back is among the best moves in franchise history.

Recently, Anaheim raised his number eight to the rafters. He’s one of the three Ducks to have their numbers retired, the other two being Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer. Selanne played a significant role in helping Anaheim win the Stanley Cup in 2007. Not only did he lead the team in points during the regular season, but he also put up 17 points in 21 postseason games.

Selanne also served as the Ducks captain during the 1997-98 season. He’s their franchise leader in goals with 458. Though Selanne also leads the Ducks in points with 988, Getzlaf will soon pass him, as he’s at 916. Teemu has five of the top 10 goal-scoring seasons in Anaheim’s franchise history and he’s the only Ducks player to score at least 50 goals in a season twice.

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