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04-09-2012, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Leafs Forever View Post
I'll start by contesting Boucher and Schmidt; I feel the bolded is highly questionable, and I think that these two are in the same tier of centres. Boucher may actually have an edge.
I don't think you know more than THN staff who ranked Schmidt 35 spots higher than Boucher in their 1998 list. I really can't whip up anything, other than Schmidt is universally considered a better player than Boucher just about everywhere. Milt is in Messier territory...Boucher, Forsberg.

Obviously Schmidt is behind Messier and Boucher is ahead of Forsberg, but who are you fooling trying to say Boucher>Schmidt? It's the leadership, grit, and yes - defensive conscience that seperates them. Boucher's finishes aren't even that much better anyway.

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