Best Defensive Forward Ever
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12-16-2009, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
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Although I am quite certain that he should not be regarded as best ever, I am interested to know, where Jere Lehtinen should be ranked?
In terms of awards, Lehtinen's three Selke Throphies, including consequtive wins in 98 and 99, put him in quite elite company (Gainey and Carbonneau being the two other players having won 3 or more official Selkes, retro-Selkes do change this a bit).
I have always understood that Lehtinen is among the Selke Winners that won the award with his defensive game (although career year in 2002/03 in terms of offence likely didn't hurt him in selke voting).
How he should be ranked in historical context? Top-15 but outside top-10?
I would say somewhere around there. Top-20 for sure.
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