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02-13-2011, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
I thought Leetch was great defensively. I think his defense was overshadowed by the fact that he came into the league and scored 23 goals as a rookie and then proceeded to put up a 100 points. He was far from a liability on defense. He was just an all-around great player, without much weakness in his game. That's why he's in the hall of fame.
Just curious - how old are you?

His D is not overshadowed because his O was so great. He was poor defensively in his early years. He never fully shook that reputation, even after he established himself as a solid defender.

Scott Neidermayer, Sergei Zubov, Al MacInnis, Nik Lidstrom, Ray Bourque were all great offensive defensemen that also were known for their strong defensive play. Their O did not overshadow their D.

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