By Allan Muir
Let’s close out SI.com’s Power Week with a look at the best slap shots in NHL history. Long hockey’s ultimate weapon of intimidation, the slapper is creeping toward obsolescence as faster, more aggressive defensive schemes take away the time and space needed to lock, load and fire a rubber bullet. Still, it can be an effective option, especially on the power play, and some of the best ever to wind up and let loose still roam the ice.
The list leans heavily toward modern players, but that’s not a reflection of bias. It’s all about the math. Today’s athletes are stronger and more muscular and their sticks are lighter and more flexible, allowing them to get far more power into their shot than previous generations could have imagined.
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