I saw some photo of a Packers fan wearing a Aaron Rodgers jersey and it made me think about how nice (but risky) of a gesture that is. That made me think further: what jersey(s) should fans of each NHL team consider?
Here is my criteria:
1. A solid crossroads of obscurity and talent
It's not very exciting to wear a Crosby jersey if you're a Penguins fan or an Ovechkin jersey if you're a Caps fan ... so you want to get a sweater that's a little more unique. That being said, you don't want to wear the number of a guy who can barely play 10 minutes a night. Finding a good compromise between the two is ideal.
This is a big one in a sports atmosphere where players change colors so often. Trying to find a guy who either has a longterm deal or is unlikely to leave is a key component to finding the right jersey.
3. General Goodwill
More in line with your fellow fans, general goodwill is measured by how your peers would react to that jersey.
To contrast #2, some players build up enough goodwill that you can permit people to wear a rosterly outdated jersey. This does not apply to guys who leave on bad terms (so just go ahead and burn that Heatley Senators jersey or that Pronger Oilers jersey).
Special bonus points go for players who were horrible. You get instant respect from me if you rock a Tommy Salo Team Sweden jersey, a Roman Cechmanek LA Kings jersey or something of that ilk.
Milan Lucic (even though it's pretty obvious)
Zdeno Chara (breaks the rules because he's super tall)
Bobby Orr (obvious ... but it's Bobby effin Orr)
P. J. Axelsson (judging from Cornelius's man crush)
Jarmoe (he's just too bad ass)
Ron Francis - Hartford Whalers edition
Pretty obvious, right?
Brenden Morrow (he's just too bad ass)
Neal Broten - North Stars
Mike Modano - in his prime (just kidding)
There's about a million
Again, lots. See: the 1980's
New York Islanders
John Tavares (before fans come back out of the woodwork?)
New York Rangers
Michael Del Zotto
Alexandre Daigle :)
Mike Richards (because he's so bad ass)
Someone who hurt a lot of people
Beyond the obvious ...
(to me anyway)
Straka, Kovalev, Wregget, Kasparitis, etc.
Joe Pavelski IF he re-signs