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12-16-2009, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Nels Stewart and Phil Esposito might be a better comparison. Size, positioning in front of the net, defensively lax. Stats, trophy and championship profiles fairly similar.
Does anyone know have anything more about Stewart's defensive game? With Esposito, we have a more nuanced picture. I didn't see him play, but according to the stats and reputation his defensive play was fine up to about 1972 or 1973, when his it really started to drop off. Later in his career with New York his defensive problems meant he was getting to be a liability at even strength.

So that means Esposito really has a nice peak from about 1968 to 1972 when he was scoring a ton and his defence was OK. Is it possible that Stewart's reputation comes from later in his career also, with the same implications for peak value?

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