How do today's dmen stack up to the Orr/Potvin/Robbinson era?
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04-12-2004, 11:52 PM
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Orr's talent transends any discussion about defensemen the way Gretzky transends any discussion about forwards. It's a no contest. The talent level of Orr was such that it would translate anywhere to any era.
Brad Park is the consumate bridesmaid in terms of Norris Trophies. It's like trying to win an Art Ross in the days of Gretzky and Lemieux in their prime. It's just not going to happen. While Park had his defensive lapses at times, he was still a hall of fame caliber defenseman and that can't be dismissed. One series does not a player make, Big Cat Davo. He certainly wasn't the first and he won't be the last to have an absolute horrible series. Park was a staple on the blueline for the Early 70's Rangers and the Early 80's Bruins squads. He was never a 100+ point defenseman, but he certainly had the offensive instincts to post an incredible amount of points.
As for the Lidstrom and Pronger arguments, i'd have to say that Chris Pronger would have the more noticeable impact on the type of game that was played in the 60's - 80's. The reason I feel Pronger is set apart is the fact that he's a tower in a time where there was very rarely a player over 6"2'. Pronger stands at 6"6' and has the offensive instincts of a shifty defenseman half his size. Not to mention the fact that he has the physicality to go along with that creativity in the offensive end. Lidstrom has the ability, perhaps even more than Pronger, but he doesn't have the size.
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