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#1 koolkoreankid23

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 11:58 PM

List your top 5 greatest d-men of all-time. Number 1 is pretty obvious.

My list has changed like 20 times already. But here's my latest.
1. Bobby Orr
2. Paul Coffey
3. Ray Bourque
4. Denis Potvin
5. Larry Robinson
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:02 AM

Paul Coffey?? :blink:

Shouldn't you be able to PLAY defense to qualify on this list???
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:17 AM

My list:

1. Bobby Orr

2. Doug Harvey

3. Larry Robinson

4. Eddie Shore

5. Red Kelly
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:20 AM

in my universe, these are my picks;

1. Bobby Orr
2. Larry Robinson
3. Brian Leetch
4. Niklas Lidstrom
5. Scott Stevens
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:21 AM

Bobby Orr
Doug Harvey
Eddie Shore
Denis Potvin
Raymond Bourque
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:25 AM

in my universe, these are my picks;

1. Bobby Orr
2. Larry Robinson
3. Brian Leetch
4. Niklas Lidstrom
5. Scott Stevens


I'd have to say I don't think Leetch and Stevens belong there.

Stevens was a great leader and special to us... but he didn't have all the ability to be a versatile defenseman all-around.

Leetch was a Ranger. He was good in 1994. The only reason people think he is great is because we constantly see him in random pointless ceremonies.

Not saying you're wrong... I'm probably the only person that is going to put Red Kelly on a list haha.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:36 AM

Brian Leetch??? LOL
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:14 AM

1. Orr
2. Stevens
3. Robinson
4. Shore
5. Potvin
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:21 AM

I'd have to say I don't think Leetch and Stevens belong there.

Stevens was a great leader and special to us... but he didn't have all the ability to be a versatile defenseman all-around.


Are you kidding me???

He is the most versatile defenseman on anyone's list. Before coming to NJ he average 60 points a season and averaged 150 PIM's. He was asked to adjust his game and he followed direction to perfection in NJ.

NONE of the other defenseman on these lists could do EVERYTHING. Orr wasn't gonna drop the gloves, Coffee and Leetch could not play defense.
Stevens excelled at both ends of the ice and was old time hockey if someone messed with his teammates.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:47 AM

The only thing Stevens didn't do was offense and rightfully so. Stevens is the #1 defenseman in my book of all time although I am probably a little partial because he was a devil. I just have never seen someone play the posistion so fluidly. Its like he was born with skates as feet I mean he was THAT good
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:04 AM

Stevens should be there no doubt, and in fact they should split the yearly defensive awards (I've said this before) into best offensive-defenseman (Norris) and best defensive-defenseman (Stevens)
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:39 AM

Are you kidding me???

He is the most versatile defenseman on anyone's list. Before coming to NJ he average 60 points a season and averaged 150 PIM's. He was asked to adjust his game and he followed direction to perfection in NJ.

NONE of the other defenseman on these lists could do EVERYTHING. Orr wasn't gonna drop the gloves, Coffee and Leetch could not play defense.
Stevens excelled at both ends of the ice and was old time hockey if someone messed with his teammates.


If they split up the awards then fine, Stevens is one of the best defensive D-men to ever play the game. But as far as this criteria goes, I can think of at least 5 D-men that I would want on my team to control the D-zone and then lead a rush and create offense.

I understand Scotty may have accomplished that a certain times but it wasn't the bulk of his career.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:18 AM

The only thing Stevens didn't do was offense and rightfully so.


Not sure where your getting your info to make such a statement.

Stevens was one of the top scoring defensemen in the league prior to adjusting his game for Lemaire.

Even his first three years here he averaged 60 points and almost had 80 in his third year here.

If they split up the awards then fine, Stevens is one of the best defensive D-men to ever play the game. But as far as this criteria goes, I can think of at least 5 D-men that I would want on my team to control the D-zone and then lead a rush and create offense.

I understand Scotty may have accomplished that a certain times but it wasn't the bulk of his career.



the bulk of his career he was among the top scoring defensemen in the game.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:18 AM

I feel like Nieds should be somewhere near the top 5 if not on it.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:19 AM

If they split up the awards then fine, Stevens is one of the best defensive D-men to ever play the game. But as far as this criteria goes, I can think of at least 5 D-men that I would want on my team to control the D-zone and then lead a rush and create offense.

I understand Scotty may have accomplished that a certain times but it wasn't the bulk of his career.


He was actually pretty formidable offensively for over half his career:

http://www.hockeydb....ay.php?pid=5180

Also keep in mind that Jacques Lemaire asked Stevens to change his role, despite Stevens coming off the most prolific offensive season of his career. It's testament to Stevens that he did so without hesitation, but had he not been so unselfish he might have cracked 1000 points. (He finished with 908).
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:25 AM

the bulk of his career he was among the top scoring defensemen in the game.


I have a hard time ranking him in the top 5 when he hit 78 points in 94 and then didn't crack 31 since.

I'm not going to disagree that he wasn't great. I love the guy and I'm grateful for everything he's done for us. I just don't think he belongs on a top 5.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:31 AM

I have a hard time ranking him in the top 5 when he hit 78 points in 94 and then didn't crack 31 since.

I'm not going to disagree that he wasn't great. I love the guy and I'm grateful for everything he's done for us. I just don't think he belongs on a top 5.


As to the drop off in points...see above.

I think part of the problem here is that you're also not old enough to remember his days when he was more of an offensive force. You really only got to see Stevens 2.0.

As for whether he's a top 5 all-time defenseman I think it's debatable.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:43 AM

As for whether he's a top 5 all-time defenseman I think it's debatable.


Anything's debatable when you're trying to pick just five guys from at least 50 years of hockey. If you pick a guy you never saw, you can only go by what you've read or what Stan Fischler said.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:50 AM

As to the drop off in points...see above.

I think part of the problem here is that you're also not old enough to remember his days when he was more of an offensive force. You really only got to see Stevens 2.0.

As for whether he's a top 5 all-time defenseman I think it's debatable.



I think you're correct on most of your points.

I'm 21 years old and my first real memory of Stevens is laying out Kozlov in the 95 finals.

But I try to be somewhat of a historian of the game and have seen a lot of Orr, Robinson, Shore, Red Kelly, and others...

I think maybe my knowledge is skewed because the Caps and Blues teams that Stevens was a part of weren't cup winners that get a lot of press down the road.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:57 AM

I have a hard time ranking him in the top 5 when he hit 78 points in 94 and then didn't crack 31 since.


By this standard you have to take Robinson out of this class as well as he went from 82 to 50 down to averaging 30 points a year until he retired. And almost everyone.

As Colorado Rockies and others have stated Stevens adjusted his offensive game at the request of his coach.
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