Alexei Ponikarovski's offensive presence has slowly declined since he left the Toronto Maple Leafs back in the '09-'10 season. Ponikarovski posted his career best 68 point season with the Maple Leafs, but has only totaled 14 points in the two seasons since he left the Leafs, where he played a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings.
Due to his lack of offensive production Ponikarovski played most of last season with the Kings on either the third or fourth line, with his main objective being, be a big body on the ice. With a 6'4", 224 pound frame, he did well, in just 61 games played, he delivered 139 hits, one being the monster of a hit on Minnesota Wild's Greg Zanon (see below).
After picking up a rebound, Zanon played the puck into the corner. However after he played the puck he continued to turn into the shoulder of the incoming Ponikarovski. Zanon went air born and did not hit the ice until he came into contact with the boards behind the net.
Birds are a part of the wild right?
Ponikarovski will be taking his hits to Carolina next season, as the Hurricanes acquired him through the free agency after the Kings did not sign him to a new contract.