Apr 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defensemanAlex Goligoski
(33) and St. Louis Blues right wingRyan 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.
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