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#'s 11 -20 Eligibles With Comments

Ranked in relative order from the eligible list

Howie Morenz
Surprised that he is still eligible. Managed to adapt his game to the various rule changes during his career and was successful.

Jacques Plante
Surprised that he is still eligible.Excellent statistical career with a history of superior and winning Stanley Cup performances. Changed the way goaltenders play the game. Great innovator.

Patrick Roy
A winner. Found ways to win Stanley Cups with so-so teams as a rookie and throughout his career. Second highest win total in NHL history. Started the latest trend in goalie styles, imitated by many from the "Quebec School".

Leonard "Red" Kelly outstanding at two positions - defense and center. Within three seasons of his arrival in Detroit and Toronto became a key part of dynasty teams. Facilitated Borje Salming's adaptation to the North American game.

Denis Potvin
Classic 1970's defenseman, lacked Orr's skating skills. Leadership and toughness. Managed to unite an Islander defense that always played better than the sum of its parts.

Terry Sawchuk
Incredible talent but troubled. Sadly the mask came along 10 seasons too late. Overall impressive career stats and Stanley Cup resume.

Bobby Clarke
Overcame medical biases to star in the NHL. Great leadership skills, cheapshot artist extraordinaire who would not back it up. Much better players like Bryan Trottier and Henri Richard should be listed ahead of him

Guy Lafleur
Me-me-me-me. Could never fit 100% into a team game. Had some great performances when his ego was challenged - Milbury in the playoffs against Boston, but relied on other players(Lemaire, Big 3) picking-up the slack he created. Simply got older but did not mature. Minimal leadership qualities. Play suffered once Bowman left and responsible players retired. Took advantage of weak coaches until Jacques Lemaire arrived. Lafleur simply quit.Nice six year peak but.................

Ted Lindsay
Winner and performer. One of the greatest left wingers. High risk, high reward. Tough. Fought for player's rights(union).

Stan Mikita
Excellent offensive performer, playmaker and scorer.Overrated defensively. Cost his team with his fiesty play first few years of his career esp. 1965 playoffs.

Phil Esposito
Charismatic in his own way. Leadership qualities. Outstanding scorer who found a perfect fit in Boston.

Glenn Hall
Incredible consecutive game streak for a goalie. Impressive but a few breaks would have helped him come playoff time. Evidenced by his improved performance once he started sharing the workload. Some great playoff duels with Jacques Plante, Johnny Bower, Terry Sawchuk but then would have horrific games allowing 6 - 8 goals, or four goals in five minutes.

Niklas Lidstrom
The best defenseman overall since the European influence started in the early 1990's. Took awhile to establish himself. Lack of a physical game produces defensive errors that are hard to explain.
Supports offense rather than generating it from the defense.Has leadership qualities and knows what it takes to win for the most part - the physical part.If he had some Ulf in him definite top 10.

Jaromir Jagr
Offensive compiler. Won two cups with a Pittsburgh team led by great players like Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis,Bryan Trottier but when his turn came did not step up as a leader in Pittsburgh or elsewhere. Rarely in shape, often a defensive liability.

Dominik Hasek
An artist. Improvised. Defined high risk, high reward for a goalie.
No specific style. If you buy the smoke and mirror stats combined with paradoxical arguments then you may like him but game in game out other goalers offered more.

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