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NHL Rankings: Central Division’s 5 Most Hated Players

By Skylar Peters
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Apr 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman

Alex Goligoski

(33) and St. Louis Blues right wing

Ryan Reaves

(75) fight for the puck during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blues won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2: Ryan Reaves

In his time in junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Ryan Reaves met a crossroads. He was an effective offensive player, averaging a point every two games, but it could be argued he was even more effective with his body. Even since he was a teenager, Reaves’ presence has been intimidating, no matter what league he has played in. Reaves seems to have found a perfect mold with the St. Louis Blues, providing a physical contrast to the Blues’ skilled game.

As far as enforcers go, Reaves is a true heavyweight. At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Reaves is nearly impossible to budge, and any hit by the Blues’ forward will certainly leave a mark.

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He has put opposing players on their heels for years, and it seems that no matter who tries to knock him down a peg in a fight, Reaves usually comes out on top, or at least settles for a draw.

If you’re a St. Louis Blues fan, Reaves’ effectiveness is easy to adore. However, if you’re a fan of any other Central Division team, and you’re watching this guy take runs at your players five times a season, it’s easy to see why he’s in the conversation as the division’s most hated player.

Next: Who tops the list?

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