Every year a new crop of knuckle-chucking lads arrives in the NHL, wet behind the ears and anxious to let 'em fly. This season, an especially well-stocked batallion of youthful yahoos is making a strong statement to the league's established enforcers. Leading the way is Nashville grill-shaker Patrick Cote, whose 16 fighting majors ties him for the league lead with Colorado's diminutive Jeff Odgers. The 6-3 Cote has served up heaping doses of fistic frappé to whoever has placed an order. A quick peek at Cote's list of opponents reads like a roll call of the NHL's most feared fighters: Stu Grimson (three times), Bob Probert (twice), and Tony Twist (also three times), to name a ferocious few. Boffo brawler Peter Worrell of Florida is one more renegade rookie. Another tall drink of water at 6-6, Worrell has quickly earned a reputation around the league's locker rooms as a loose cannon who'll toe the line any time, any place, as his 12 fighting majors prove. Ultimately, the baddest of the bunch may prove to be Colorado crusher Scott Parker, a 20-year-young behemoth who, at 6-4, 220, resembles a human eclipse. Sporting a bushy goatee that makes him look like an extra-large version of old-time Boston Bruin badboy John Wensink, Parker's pugnacious disposition is well earned— those in the know say he didn't lose a fight in over two seasons of minor-league mayhem! Parker doesn't waste any time either, taking on the likes of Darren Langdon, Donald Brashear, Twist, Grimson, and Worrell all within the first six minutes of games during this, his initial tour of duty. The slate of tenacious tooth-cutters continues, with Vancouver's Chris McAllister, San Jose's Brantt Myhres, Colorado's Wade Belak, Los Angeles's Mark Visheau, and Edmonton's Sean Brown— all among the legion of battlers ready to punch their respective tickets to knuckle junction. Add to the mix last year's best rookie renegade, Krzystzof Oliwa of the Devils, and the league's young guns take a back seat to no one when it comes to shedding the leather and duking it out. See ya... More >>>