What made Kevin Stevens an effective player?
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10-08-2012, 08:48 AM
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not true. Lemieux made Stevens a better player, but Stevens had 2 40+ goals seasons where Lemieux did not play in a majority of the games ('90-'91 and '93-'94). He was big, fast, and had good hands for a big man.
Well said. He had nifty hands for roofing pucks while in close and an absolute monster of a shot. Also he was just a freight train let loose. Not only was he fast but he would run over you in route to the net.
He was so much more than just a dummy around the net. He would make some nifty passes and his game 6 pass to Joey Mullen in 91 just shows his sense. People forget that the 2nd line of that first cup was Stevens-Francis-Mullen and did Steven ever produce.
Does anyone else remember how ballsy he was when he first came up? Always pushing and shoving after plays were blown dead and he owned the slot.
Defensively I thought he was pretty weak and maybe that wasn't overly his fault. With Mario playing more like a LW, he was forced to play center and go slot to slot. Hardly a big deal when they're putting up numbers like that.
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