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11-07-2010, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Just my opinion, but it seems to me Leetch & Housley are underrated here as offensive players and Bourque is overrated.

For a large part of Bourque's career he rarely rushed the puck. I'd attribute this to him realizing he was going to be continually overplayed by his coaches in order to carry the Bruin's from the back line. As a Bruins fan, I considered him a D first player who also had great offensive talent. But his huge numbers come from not only his longevity, but also his massive amounts of ice time during an era with massive amounts of points.

Strictly on offensive ability, I think Leetch and Housley were at least Bourque's equal.
You make a good point about ice time.

The converse of what you said is that Phil Housley was basically a #4 defenseman on average during his career, because he was such a sieve in his own zone. So his overall offensive output is significantly lower than it would have been if his coaches trusted him enough to give him more minutes.

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