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The Thunder's greatest players: No. 18 Paul Esdale

  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at 12:04 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 7:25 a.m.

Before the season, The Eagle asked fans to vote on the 20 greatest Thunder players for 20 seasons. We'll introduce one per week through the regular season.

No. 18: Paul Esdale

The defenseman put together a remarkable season in 2004-05, his only year in Wichita. Esdale led Central Hockey League defensemen in points (69) and power-play goals (12), and led the league in plus-minus (+39).

He added yet another offensive threat on a team with one of the best lines in the league (Joe Blaznek, Travis Clayton, Jason Duda). Following the season, he was named the CHL's Most Outstanding Defenseman.

What are your memories of Esdale? Should he have been ranked higher?

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