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02-13-2011, 07:36 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Originally Posted by
in the hall
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.
I saw Leetch's entire career and felt he was at worst an average defender for the first couple of years, before evolving into an extremely difficult defender to beat.
He was absolutely never a defensive liability as Del Zotto has been, to date.
The best offensive dman who was a defensive liability was Paul Coffey.
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