In 1997 the 27-year-old was released by two clubs partly because, at 5'10", 175, he was deemed too small. But over the last two years he's had 58 goals, and 15 more this season.
Last season the 34-year-old was traded partly because, at 5'8", 167, he was thought unlikely to maintain the 24-goal average of his prime. But he had 20 in 1998-99 and 17 more this year.
The Verdict: Running's an invaluable leader for the Predators, but we'll take Whitney, who should have several good years ahead of him.