With Jeremy Roenick announcing his retirement today I was inspired to look up some stats of U.S. born NHL players to see who stood out.
First in goal, there were a few good ones like John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter but I always seem to remember Tom Barrasso coming up big when it counted most so I'd go with him.
On defense, when I think of defensive defensemen I would put Rod Langway at number one. When I think offensive defensemen, I would go with Phil Housley and his 1232 points and when I think all around D-man I'd go with Chris Chelios.
At forward, I always liked Joe Mullen's skill and work ethic and Mike Modano for his class and consistent play year in year out but I'd have to say my all time favourite and in my opinion greatest U.S. born player was Pat Lafontaine who averaged 1.171 points per game in a career that was sadly much too short.