Interesting question. Before I give my reasons, people will no different doubt say 'what about Boynton ?'. Although his career should place him in this list, as he was only here for such a short time I think it's fair he doesnt get a mention. My vote would be for Martin. He stood out as the best player in a Coventry team full of top names. I also think it's fair that Vandermeer is considered given that he was the cornerstone of the Giants blue line for many years. Werner was excellent in the GS season, but injury in his 2nd year limited his effectiveness. One more name, Mark Richardson. When he played for Panthers you wouldn't have marked him down as a future d-man but he has been so consistent since he made the switch.
Where on earth is Craig Weller? He was completely unreal for one season in I think 10/11 for Cardiff. Absolute different class. Best Dman I've ever seen play by some distance.
wannabe2, please come & tell the forum how good this guy was for me. Genuine request.
Weller was a cut above, wasn't he? Came to Devils from a full year in the A after 2 full years in the Show. Not sure how they got him, but very few EIHL imports these days go on to the EBEL and DEL, let alone 10 years ago. His CV stood out a mile from any other EIHL player that season.
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Different gravy, Bobness. He logged ridiculous mins & basically shut Panthers down every time he was on the ice. I've never seen a more effective Dman. Eric Werner could shut one player down very effectively, Weller shut a whole line down somehow. He was insane.
If you check that play off final out I'm sure we only got our goals when we wasn't icing.
Very first EIHL season Kevin Bolibruck was unbelievable for Sheffield. They were terrible early that year but he completely transformed them, according to Wikipedia they ended the season by winning twenty games straight. He went on to play in Denmark, Finland and the DEL.