Average Rank: 5.67
Where do you begin to talk about the already-illustrious career of Corey Perry?
Well if we're going to go all the way back to the beginning, Perry's career began in 2003, when he was taken 28th overall in that legendary first round that also included names such as Eric Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Suter, Jeff Carter, Brent Seabrook, Dion Phaneuf, Ryan Getzlaf, and a whole host of other now-elite names. But to this day, nobody from that 2003 draft has more goals then the one wearing number 10 in Anaheim.
Perry made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005 in Chicago, where he would record an assist against the Blackhawks for his first NHL point. He wouldn't have to wait long for his first goal, as that would come two games later against the Edmonton Oilers, his first of 13 on the year in his 56 he played with Anaheim that rookie season.
This would be the only season he would split time between Anaheim and its AHL affiliate. Starting in 2006, Perry and linemate Ryan Getzlaf (along with Dustin Penner) became an instrumental second scoring line for the Ducks en route to capturing the 2007 Stanley Cup Championship. Perry would score the final goal of that season for the Anaheim Ducks, the one to put the final nail in the Ottawa Senators' coffin and bring the score to 6-2.
With his incredible scoring skill he displays on a nightly basis even know it's hard to imagine him ever being just another piece on a team, but the second line for the Ducks (minus Dustin Penner) matured and now serves as the core to the current squad.
Perhaps Perry's greatest personal achievement in hockey came in 2011, when his chemistry with Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan took off and shot the Ducks from near-last in the NHL at Christmas time to fourth in the Western Coference, with Perry scoring 50 goals on the season. He was the only player in the league to accomplish that feat that season, and it garnered him enough recognition to earn him the honor of the Hart Trophy for the league's MVP. And he became the first player in some time to do it whilst also recording over 100 penalty minutes in the same season.
And since then, Perry has been nothing short of spectacular on a regular basis. His uncanny ability to score in even the most unlikely circumstances has left mouths agape and defenses breaking their sticks in frustration.
But perhaps Perry's greatest asset isn't so much his scoring ability as it is his ability to be a complete pain in the ass while doing so. Perry constantly drives to the front of the net and sneaks into soft areas, even if he has to take a beating to do so, but more often than not that small space is all the prolific sniper needs to bury the shot.
To date he's found the back of the net 277 times.
Likewise he's also one of Bruce Boudreau's go-to aces in the shootout with a career 37% total.
When he's involved in a scrum, you'll be hard-pressed to find a time when he's not running his mouth or leading with his chin to try to sucker an opponent into throwing the first punch.
Or doing this:
If he were on any other team, I'm pretty sure we'd hate him with a passion. If you're reading this and you're a fan from another team, you probably hate him.
But there truly is nobody else in the league today like Corey Perry, and Anaheim certainly as never had a talent as extremely refined while still being so extremely vicious as the likes of Corey Perry.
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Some guys just can't be stopped.