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