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Rant Sports Top 100 NHL Players: No. 82 Mike Fisher

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Some athletes get too much credit, while others don’t get nearly enough. Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators is one of those players. So here at Rant Sports we felt Carrie Underwood’s husband was worthy of being number 82 in our comprehensive list of the NHL‘s top 100 players.

As a second round draft choice of the Ottawa Senators in 1998, Fisher found a way to quickly endear himself to his teammates and fans with a hard-nosed gritty style of play, and an ability to play solid hockey at both ends of the ice.

In 2005-06 Fisher reached career highs in goals (22), assists (44) and plus-minus (+23) and was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke award for best defensive forward. Although he finished second behind the Dallas Stars Jari Lehtinen, it was clear he was here to stay.

The following season Fisher was limited to just 68 games because of a knee injury, but returned in time to help Ottawa win its first Eastern Conference title in franchise history. He finished the playoffs tied for second on the team in points with 10 (5g 5a) in 20 playoff games. The Sens eventually fell to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.

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Fisher went on to score at least 20 goals in three of the next four seasons, including a career high 25 in 2009-10 – his last full season in Ottawa.

Fisher spent nearly 11 seasons in the Canadian capital before he was traded to Nashville 55 games into the 2010-11 season. The veteran needed a change and besides he wanted to be closer to his new home and new country singer bride. Can you blame him? The trade paid off on the ice for the Preds, with Fisher pitching in 12 points in the final 27 games. It also marked the first time in Fisher’s career that he played a full 82 games (55 Ott & 27 NSH) – a testament to how hard he plays the game.

Fisher appeared to be rejuvenated in Nashville over the course of this past season. He finished third in team scoring with 51 points (24g 27a) in 72 games. Seven of his 24 goals were game-winners and his plus-11 rating was the highest since 06-07. Despite a poor showing in the playoffs, the 32-year-old was clearly having more fun than he’d had in years.

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Fisher needs just four more goals to reach 200 in his career, but sometimes its not about who scores the most goals or makes the most money. Sometimes it’s about those players that do the little things to make those around him better. Fisher certainly fits the bill. He’s made a career out of being an all-around good hockey player and for that reason he finds himself one of the 100 top players in the National Hockey League.

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