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08-22-2012, 12:12 AM
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Some underrated contributors to Cup winning teams:
Ron Ellis-Great two-way player and forgotten contributor to '72 Summit team.
Ralph Backstrom-One of the best, most skilled 3rd line centers to ever lace 'em up.
Don Marcotte-Super checker and consistent 20 goal scorer
Rejean Houle-Could play all three forward positions in all situations
Bob Kelly-Schultz gets more press and the Hound was almost devoid of skill, but Kelly's a super high energy player that could really set the tone. Scored the Cup winner in Game 6 in '75
Yvon Lambert-One of the most awkward skaters I've ever seen but hugely underrated contributor to the 70s Dynasty. 3rd line checker who played on both special teams units.
Bob Bourne-Just a lovely skater to watch. Led the Isles in playoff scoring their final year of the Dynasty and losing him to injury in the '84 playoffs was a huge factor in coming up short in the Drive for Five.
Lee Fogolin-Mr. Stay at Home on the early Oilers super teams. Steve Smith's blunder in '86 never happens if Fogolin doesn't get hurt in game 6 of division finals.
Mats Naslund-Never put up the #s in the 80s to be recognized like he should, but definitely one of the most dynamic players of that era and clutch too.
Kevin Lowe-Smooth skating and defensively responsible, his contributions to 6 Cup winners are sadly overlooked. Should be in the Hall.
Colin Patterson-One of the forgotten defensive forwards of his era. Scored a huge goal in game 6 of '89 Finals to open the scoring. A wrecked knee cut him short.
Kevin Stevens-Today he's totally overshadowed by Lemieux, Jagr and Francis, and infamous for crack and prostitution, but before landing on his face he was in the conversation for best power forward of his era.
Mike Keane-Tough as nails checker and penalty killer. The kind of heart and soul player Cup winning teams have, and he did it w/ three different franchises.
John MacLean-Another fine player derailed by injuries but came back to have a big hand in the Conference Final run in '94 and the Cup win in '95.

Didn't win a Cup but Peter Zezel was always a favorite too. One of the best face-off men to ever take a draw.

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