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12-16-2009, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Kyle McMahon View Post
I've seen this comparison before, and it's probably not too far off base. Playmaking is an edge to Esposito though. While he's not often thought of as a great playmaker, he led the league in assists several times. And while he wasn't anything special defensively, Stewart appears to have been flat out terrible in this regard. Though he did excel when the Maroons actually did require him to play on defense during one stretch (1926 playoffs I think).

This is true, Conacher was a his regular linemate for four seasons, I overlooked this. He was a better goal scorer than either of Schmidt's linemates.
Nels Stewart learned hockey and played a good part of his NHL career in the pre forward pass era so the centers role was different.

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