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10-23-2011, 02:53 AM
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Regina selects #6 D-man Mark Hardy

Hardy has the most career points among all available D-men (368). Just one available D-man averaged even close to as many minutes as Hardy, for even close to as many games.

here's my bio pasted in from last year, with a few changes as it referred to how he ranked among undrafted players at that time.


The Swiss-born Hardy is mostly known as a King and a Ranger. History has almost forgotten this 915-game player as he's yet another defenseman whose career started between 1977 and 1984 who had over 350 points.

With a career average of 22.50 minutes per game, Hardy was far from nondescript. He's the highest-scoring defenseman out there, partially due to compiling, partially due to a strong peak: Hardy scored 30 points six times, 40 points three times, and had a career high of 53 points in the 1985 season, peaking at 17th & 20th in the league among defensemen.

With that kind of offensive peak, he's far from an offensive star, but it shows he knew how to work the puck. He was not known as a shutdown guy, but certainly not a liability. He was not a huge bodychecker but he was rugged and solid. In short: He did everything well, nothing elite. Which probably helps to explain why he's still available - he doesn't perfectly fill any particular "role", but why penalize him for being too much of an all-around guy? There's a bit of Pavel Kubina in his resume. he was just a well-balanced, NHL-level minute muncher for 15 years.

Having been on the ice for 37% of his team's PPGF, and 44% of PPGA, Hardy qualifies as a special teams beast. In fact, his total special teams usage percentage of 81% is 10th-highest among available players.

Hardy's last full season was 1993. At age 33, there were just 37 players in the league that old, as longevity had not become en vogue quite yet. Playing to that age was clearly something only the better players could do, as 34 of those 37 players have been drafted. The other 3 were Hardy, late blooming plugger Pat Conacher, and career 19-minute D-man Tim Watters.

Hardy's career path is fairly impressive in terms of where he ranked on the depth chart and who he played behind:

1981: 3rd on LA behind Murphy and Korab
1982: 1st on LA (Murphy, Korab, Turnbull)
1983: 1st on LA (Murphy, Korab, Lewis) - 13th in the NHL in TOI
1984: 1st on LA (Murphy, Engblom, McEwen) - 5th in the NHL in TOI
1985: 1st on LA (Engblom, Galley, R.Lapointe)
1986: 1st on LA (Engblom, Ledyard, Galley) - 11th in the NHL in TOI
1987: 1st on LA (Ledyard, Duchesne, Galley)

1988: 2nd on LA behind Duchesne
1989: 5th on NYR
1990: 3rd on NYR behind Leetch & Patrick
1991: 5th on NYR
1992: 5th on NYR
1993: 5th on LA in finals run

Although LA averaged just 66 points from 1982-1987, Hardy was their #1 defenseman the whole time. That's pretty impressive. How much higher should this guy go?

Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1983
has made consistent improvement in first three seasons... team's most consistent backliner... upped point total to 45 and played sound defensive hockey... stong skater with good speed...
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1985
strong skater, good puckhandler who has developed into competent big-league backliner... excellent shot from the point... has improved consierably defensively in past few seasons...
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1986
rugged defenseman who dishes out jolting bodychecks to opposing forwards.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1986-87
Hardy is a strong skater, well balanced and equipped with a good burst of speed... fairly agile when carrying the puck,,, makes a good point man on the PP... his shot is low and hard and is excellent for tip-ins or deflections... Mark has improved his defense, playing his position better and taking less chances... he forces the play wide by using his defensive angles and no longer wanders from his position, and is more prudent in his rushes and his pinching... adept at moving the puck from his end quickly and has developed the poise to make the right pass, not just a fast one... plays a physical game whenever possible and will dish out checks whenever he can... he has good strength along the boards and corners, and can take his man out and hold him out... fairly effective in front of the net, but that area is not really his game. He is best at hitting and gaining the puck, and then moving it, not continually battling with the oppositon.... a consistent force on the backline, and has tuned up his defense, though he is still an offensive-minded defenseman... a solid two-way defenseman.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1991-92
Three assets make Hardy valuable: he can skate, he has experience and he has a good handle on the game... he may have lost some speed, but he is very smooth on his feet... his role has changed over the years... mostly a finesse player, but does not shy away from physical confrontations. He goes to the corner, he battles in front of the net. His fighting days are over, but he plays the body and plays an efficient physical game... he is not done yet. He can still help a team.

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