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01-23-2011, 03:33 AM
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Melville selects Wayne Hillman, D



At the end of the 1973 seaon, when Hillman left the NHL with his brother Larry, Wayne Hillman was 27th all-time in games played by defensemen. In fact, 88 of the top 90 players on this list are already drafted. Lasting in the NHL this long is an indication that Wayne Hillman was a very strong and valuable player.

If you ignore Larry's massive contribution to the Leafs' 1967 Cup win, Wayne's NHL career isn't too far off from his. However, Larry's AHL accomplishments when buried in the minors by the deep Leafs easily trump Wayne's single 2nd team all-star nod there.

Larry Was not a great point producer from the blueline at his best, but did once place 9th in the NHL among defensemen. Just over half his career was post-expansion for the Rangers, North Stars and Flyers, and during that time he was a special teams beast, playing 40% of powerplays and 38% of penalty kills, and averagd 20.37 minutes per game. In 1970, Philadelphia was just a 58-point team but Hillman was far and away their icetime leader, playing an estimated 29.18 minutes, good for 7th in the NHL.

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