How do today's dmen stack up to the Orr/Potvin/Robbinson era?
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05-06-2004, 12:00 PM
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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.
Rather average? Brian Leetch has first rate puck handling skills and offensive instinct. His passes are always perfect, and he never seems to panic under pressure. While he isn't the second coming of Tim Horton, he is capable of using the body defensively, and also is solid most of the time. Brian Leetch is one of the greatest Americans to ever play the game, and to say that he wouldn't do well in any era other than our own. Nobody is saying he's Orr or Robinson, but back in the Original Six days, not every player on every team was HOF quality.
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