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09-01-2009, 05:52 AM
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Keon / Henri Richard

Originally Posted by Stonefly View Post
Indeed. The Canadiens killer. Belongs right there with Richard if not above him.
Dave Keon brought his A game against all teams - evidenced by the 1969 series against a vastly superior Bruins team and thru the 1975 playoffs. Once the shackles of Punch Imlach were removed his offense flourished.

The WHA years were a waste of his skills. In a disjointed league without coherent team play from year to year most of what Dave Keon could offer, went by the wayside. The last seasons with Hartford were impressive for his age.

The comparison with Henri Richard. The WHA years took away the opportunity of seeing whether Dave Keon could contribute to a revitalized Leaf team in a fashion similar to Henri Richard's contribution to a second Canadiens dynasty plus his own Stanley Cup as captain.

Also one would have to weigh the little bit of sandpaper that Henri
Richard brought to the game against the ultimate composure that Dave Keon brought. Playing against Stan Mikita, Keon's composure certainly helped.

Ullman would not be a factor. With the Leafs his defense was lame and he tended to disappear at playoff time - see 1969 and 1975.

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