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04-06-2011, 06:18 PM
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Brad Park, D

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(Stats from jarek's bio at leafscentral)

Scoring finishes

1973-74 NHL 57 (7)
1976-77 NHL 55 (10)
1977-78 NHL 57 (10)

1973-74 NHL 82 (9)

*Asterisked ones are runner-ups to Orr or Potvin.

Points among D: 2*, 2*, 2*, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 10

Playoff goals: 2
Playoff assists: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9
Playoff points: 3, 7

Playoff points among D: 2*, 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7 (3 in 5 GP), 8, 11 (5 in 11 GP), 12 (5 in 3 GP)

-During Park's playoff peak (1972-1978) he was 1st among D in points (153% of 2nd).
-During Park's entire playoff career, (1972-1983, removing first 3 years and last 2), he was 2nd in points among D (79% of Potvin).

-During Park's prime (1970-1978), he was 2nd in points among D (71% of Orr).
-During Park's entire career (1970-1984, removing 1st and last seasons), he was 2nd in points among D (99% of Potvin).

1969-70 NHL NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1970-71 NHL NHL All-Star Team (2nd)
1971-72 NHL NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1972-73 NHL NHL All-Star Team (2nd)
1973-74 NHL NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1975-76 NHL NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1977-78 NHL NHL All-Star Team (1st)

Hart: 5th (1970, 1976, 1978), 8th (1974), 9th (1972)
Norris: 2nd* (1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978), 3rd (1973), 8th (1979), 9th (1981)


Originally Posted by Pelletier
Brad Park was a highly efficient defender, combining size and clean but dogged tenacity with an uncanny awareness of the game. A noted hip-checker, Park was brash and unintimidated. But with the puck he became a natural chessmaster on the ice. more-than-likely make a perfect pinpoint pass to clear the puck out of the zone and start the attack. With a short burst of speed he would often jump to join the rush as a fourth attacker, and was a true power play quarterback. Park, not unlike Ray Bourque years later, was a consistently steady defender with often brilliant offensive instincts.
In almost any other time period Brad Park would have been considered the best defenseman of his time. But Park played in the enormous shadows of Bobby Orr in Boston and Denis Potvin on Long Island.
Park went from unbridled prodigy to popular sensation in New York, ranking him as perhaps the greatest defenseman in the long history of the Blueshirts.
"Park reminds me of Pierre Pilote," once said Chicago coach Bill Reay. "Both were relatively compact men who could accelerate better than most forwards."
But Park's cerebral play would quickly win over the fans. But the Bruins got a different, more mature Park than the one who so often dominated games against them. Park's play in Boston tamed down somewhat, mostly due to necessity. By the time he was 28 he had undergone five major knee surgeries and four arthroscopic surgeries. But his play remained sterling, in some ways better than ever under the Bruins tight checking system.
"My wheels aren't as good, but my brain is better," Park said at the time. "When I was younger and quicker I was capable of controlling a whole game over the whole rink. Now I've got to be content to control our zone. Basically I'm prepared to do less and do it well rather than try doing what I used to do and do it badly."
Originally Posted by loh
In just about any other era, Brad Park would have been considered the best defenseman of his generation. He had size and played aggressively, taking care of business in his own zone. Offensively, he was a pinpoint passer and a deceptive stickhandler, abilities which made him a natural and potent power-play threat. He had the skating speed and the instincts to join the rush, providing his team with a fourth attacker.
After a solid rookie season, Park established himself as one of the top defensemen in the league in his second year. He earned the respect of his teammates and the fans in New York, and soon the whole league was talking about his savvy and poised play. Park was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team alongside Orr and placed second to the Bruins star in voting for the Norris Trophy. He was the youngest Ranger ever to earn a place on the league's first team.

Park's offensive numbers improved in each of his first four years with the Rangers. He was chosen to play for Canada in the Summit Series in 1972 and was impressive on the blue line for the embattled Canadians, finishing with five points in eight games. For the next several seasons, Park, whose Rangers had redeveloped into one of the league's better teams, was regularly compared to Orr, who was struggling with knee problems but still revolutionizing the position with his outstanding play.

Park was an expert at taking forwards out of the play and away from the middle of the rink. Opponents would feel as though they'd beaten the defender to open ice, only to find they no longer had a good view of the net.
In Boston, Park was a natural fit, his offensive skills meshing perfectly with the team's style of play. He enjoyed some his finest individual seasons with the Bruins and brought the club to the Stanley Cup finals in two consecutive seasons, 1977 and 1978, though the team failed to capture the title either time.

Will add more, just getting one done for my best player

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