Editor’s note: In conjunction with Hockey Buzz.com’s NHL’s all-time computer tournament, Fungosports.com is selecting each franchise’s All-time best team.
This is the Detroit Red Wings’ list of the top players of all-time:
Ted Lindsay: He was called “Terrible Ted” because he was a mean, ornery competitor. He was also as skilled and productive as any left winger in his era.
Steve Yzerman: Early in his career, he was a dominant offensive force. But he matured into a memorable leader and gritty two-way, shot-blocking center who put winning above anything else:
Gordie Howe: The best all-around forward to ever play in the NHL. In his era, he was the best scorer, the most intimidating forward, a durable force and a strong defensive player. He also was the sport’s greatest ambassador for many, many years.
Henrik Zetterberg: With 960 points in 1,082 games, Zetterberg was one of the most consistent performers in the Red Wings’ history. But he was also a leader and a quality two-way center.
Pevel Datsyuk: Every player in the league admired Datsyuk’s incredible skill. He was also a superb defensive center, perhaps the league’s best pickpocket.
Sergei Fedorov: Fast. Strong. Skilled. Fedorov won the Hart Trophy in 1993-94 when he registered 120 points.
Brendan Shanahan: Scoring 40 or more goals three times, Shanahan helped the Red Wings three Stanley Cup championships.
Alex Delvecchio: Only Howe and Yzerman have more Red Wings’ points than Delvecchio. He scored 456 goals and generated 825 assists for 1,281 points in a Detroit jersey.
Norm Ullman: In the 1950s and 1960s, Ullman scored 20 or more goals for 11 consecutive seasons. He netted 42 in 1964-65
John Ogrodnick: Big John averaged almost 40 goals per season over a six-season period for the Red Wings in the 1980s.
Sid Abel: Hall of Famer Abel was the 200-foot player on the Production Line with Howe and Lindsay. He recorded 463 points in 570 games.
Tomas Holmstrom: He turned net-front presence into an art form. He was masterful at screening the goalie on the power play and redirecting shots into the net. He is 15th on Detroit’s all-time scoring list with 287 goals.
Nick Lidstrom: With seven Norris Trophies, Lidstrom might be the second-best defenseman in NHL history. Only Bobby Orr did more than LIdstrom
Red Kelly: The 1954 Norris Trophy winner helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups in the 1950s.
Chris Chelios: A feisty competitor, Chelios played longer (10 seasons) with the Red Wings than either the Blackhawks or Canadiens. Chelios was known for his edgy playing style, but he was an effective offensive contributor.
Paul Coffey: The dynamic puck mover won a Norris Trophy and put 106 points in a season while playing for the Red Wings. He was +72 in his four seasons in Detroit.
Bill Gadsby: The Hall of Fame defenseman was tough, durable, offensively skilled and a relentless one-on-one defender. He was also Gordie Howe’s close friend.
Larry Murphy: The Red Wings may not have won those back-to-back Stanley Cup without Hall of Famer Murphy’s contributions. He was a perfect fit for Lidstrom’s partner.
Terry Sawchuk: You can mark an argument that Sawchuk is the greatest goalie in NHL history. He’s at least in the top three
Dominik Hasek: Too many quality candidates for Detroit’s No. 2 spot, but Hasek earns the nod because of his strong performance in the 2002 Stanley Cup run (1.86 GAA), his 114-39-20 record in three seasons and his 2.14 Red Wings’ GAA.