Fox Sports previews this year's tough guys and includes Derek Boogaard and Brandon Prust...
Derek Boogaard (NYR)
They don't call him the "Boogey Man" for nothing. Derek Boogaard has the ability to scare the bejeezus out of the opposition without even dropping his gloves. While Boogaard only took part in nine fights last season, it wasn't from lack of trying — it was from lack of willing opponents. No NHL Tough Guy wanted any part of the former Minnesota Wild forward. But with a division filled with pugilists such as Philly's Daniel Carcillo, Ian Laperriere and Jody Shelley, New Jersey's David Clarkson and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Pittsburgh's Arron Asham and Michael Rupp and Islanders forwards Zenon Konopka and Trevor Gillies, expect Boogaard to get his hands dirty a lot more often this coming season.
Brandon Prust (NYR)
Rangers' forward Brandon Prust is an in-your-face type of player any team would love to have. But Prust doesn't only like to get in the opposition's face, he also likes to smash it in when the opportunity calls for it. The gritty 26-year-old finished third in the NHL in fights (25) and major penalties (25). Prust appeared in 69 games with the Rangers and Calgary Flames last season, registering career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, penalty minutes and game-winning goals.
...i tell you what, I am itching to see Boogaard pound on someone after not even sniffing a scrap in the preseason.
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