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05-04-2004, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jiggs 10
That's because they aren't that good.

Stevens would MAYBE fit in in the old days, because of his cheapshotting. NOT because of any skill.

Leetch is OVER-RATED offensively, and adequate defensively. He is one of the top 20 skating defensemen of all-time, perhaps, after Orr, Coffey, Robinson, Lidstrom, Salming, Housley, etc. He is a pretty decent passer, and an average shooter. He has good moves for a defenseman at times, but won't make people forget Coffey or Housley or Orr. He is simply a very good defenseman in an era of great defensmen.
Agreed on all points. Stevens probably would've done well, but Leetch wouldn't have. Compare him to Orr and he's nothing special. He's an excellent skater but the rest of his game is rather average...he's an offensive defenseman who doesn't bring it all to the table like Orr/Robinson etc.

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