Duncan Keith — Electrode
I’m not sure there’s a Pokemon to adequately describe Keith’s importance to the Blackhawks. However, there is one to describe his very sudden temper.
We’ve seen it flare up at the most random moments, most recently when he smacked Charlie Coyle in the face with his stick last season. Electrode is known for exploding when things don’t go according to plan. Seems very Keith-like.
Artem Anisimov — Dugtrio
Dugtrio is a three-pronged ground Pokemon that buries deep and then attacks very suddenly. Anisimov is actually a lot like Dugtrio, as he’s very hard to dislodge from whatever position he’s holding and can attack offensively at a moment’s notice.
He’s also really useful in all three phases of play — even strength, powerplay and penalty kill — and can score while in any of those situations. He’s a grinder at heart, and that makes Dugtrio a perfect comparison.
Niklas Hjalmarsson — Onix
Hjammer has to be made out of rock, because no matter how many pucks he gets hit with, he keeps on playing. Onix is a very large rock Pokemon that can take a lot of damage and certainly dish it out in return. Hjammer will lay down some booming hits if the opportunity is right, but he mostly just gets beat up and keeps going, like Onix would.
Marian Hossa — Dragonite
Dragonite is a really nice Pokemon, but also one that stays fired up when angered. It has extreme strength, but also possesses surprising speed. This Pokemon might have actually be based on Hossa.
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