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02-10-2012, 09:12 PM
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Bob Bassen, C

A little, hard-working defensive forward and penalty killer. Pretty much a poor man's Dave Reid.

Bassen did very little offensively but was an appreciated worker bee on some pretty good teams (11% better than average during his career).

He killed 26% of penalties for his teams and they were 8% better than the league average... not too shabby.

Bassen was at his best from 1991 to 1995, when he averaged 14.94 minutes a game and scored 27-34 points four times.

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
This is Bob Bassen. If I could pick to relive the career of any hockey player in NHL history, it just might be Bob Bassen. I always have a soft spot for role players, and Bob Bassen was the best of the best.

Bassen was a second generation NHLer. His father Hank was a goalie in the Original Six era. He was orn in Calgary and trained with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Though he was never drafted, Bassen went on to his own 15 year, 765 NHL game career in a much different era. Yet he played every game as if he was a throwback to hockey's glory days.

Bassen was a sweat and guts competitor, always delivering an honest effort as a most valuable role player. In doing so he was the ultimate role model and team player.

Bassen was a much better player than the sum of his parts. He was an average skater, though he had a fair degree of agility. Due to his strong understanding of smart positioning he appeared quicker than he was. He did not possess a great shot. In fact all of his finesse skills would be determined to be average.

Yet his work ethic would over come that make him a valuable competitor. He would play far bigger than his 5'10" 180lb frame suggested. He was not scrappy, but he played with a dogged determination to get loose pucks and shut down offensive attackers. He had a low center of gravity which really enabled him to battle against bigger and better forwards.

Bassen was the type of player coaches love. A bottom six forward who could inspire the entire team in under 15 minutes of action a night. He was highly intelligent on the ice and understood team dynamics off of it. He also endeared himself to the fans.

Because Bassen, unlike say a Bob Gainey, never played on a great team, and he only scored goals in double digits 3 times in 15 seasons, history is destined to forget just how good Bob Bassen was. Hopefully this website helps keep alive the truth.

Bob Bassen could play on my hockey team any day of the week.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1994-95
he does have quickness and agility when healthy, which he puts to work in close quarters and to avoid hits from bigger players. Don't get us wrong: If Bassen has to take a hit, he will, but he's also smart enough to avoid unnecessary punishment. Bassen doesn't have great hands or a great shot to go with his work ethic. All of his finesse skills are average at best... he is only so-so on faceoffs....

If there had been Sutter triplets instead of twins, Bassen would have been the third member of the trio. Bassen plays much better than his size, aware every night that if he isn't scrapping along the boards or in front of the net, he will be on the bench... He has a low centre of gravity, which makes it tough to knock him off his feet, and he's closer to the puck than a lot of other skaters. Bassen often wins scrums just by being able to pry the loose puck out from flailing feet.

Although Bassen ranks way down the depth chart in terms of talent, his other qualities move him way up. He is a reliable team man, one of those players who always delivers an honest effort. He matches up night after night against most of the league's better, bigger forwards, and makes them work for what they get. he is a valuable role player.

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