April 03, 2007
SI Players Poll
[Based on a survey of 366 NHL players]
Who is the biggest hitter in the NHL?
Dion Phaneuf, Flames D.....49%
Jordin Tootoo, Predators RW.....5%
Vitaly Vishnevski, Predators D.....5%
Zdeno Chara, Bruins D.....4%
Chris Neil, Senators RW.....3%
Rob Blake, Kings D.....3%
Garnet Exelby, Thrashers D.....3%
Dustin Brown, Kings LW.....2%
Denis Gauthier, Flyers D.....2%
Robyn Regehr, Flames D.....2%
FAST FACTS: Senators RW Chris Neil finished fifth (3.4%) and joined Tootoo and Kings LW Dustin Brown as the only nondefensemen in the top 11.... Brent Sutter, who coached the 6'3", 210-pound Phaneuf in junior hockey, has said, "He isn't trying to hit you -- he's trying to hurt you"; through Sunday, Phaneuf had only 87 penalty minutes this season.... Tootoo outpolled Vishnevski 11.3% to 1.9% within the Preds' Central Division.... The 6'9" Chara was picked by 14% of his fellow Czechs.

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