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09-07-2012, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Gottselig and March spent most of their careers on the top scoring line of an offensively challenged team.

Not comparable in any way. My point was specifically about guys who were moved from scoring to checking lines. Pit Lepine is another good example



The commission appointed by the HHOF committee disagrees with you, as they awarded Sandford the retroactive Conn Smythe for his big playoffs. Of course, that is only one small part of his resume.

I also don't know why you are bringing up Bonin, who is always drafted in the main draft
Pit Lepine was as good offensively as his wingers. His defensive game was a constant.

The retro Conn Smythe is rather iffy. Ed Sanford had a great semi final against Detroit then disappeared in the last three games against Montreal 0G/0A:

http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/hsppogames.cgi

Bonin shows the impact a player in the 450-550 GP range could have on team success. Like Larose, Bonin was sent down for a few games at the start of a regular season - 1958-59, before coming back then having a solid or great playoff.

That Bonin gets drafted in the ATD while Sandford does not shows the perception of value that Sandford actually carries and that counting ASG appearances is not an indicator.

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