What made Kevin Stevens an effective player?
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10-08-2012, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
I think of Lucic as the modern day Kevin Stevens, size with a lot of skill and will throw down if needed.
KS was very good in tight on the goal steering/chipping in goals in the crease area. Had he not had his devastating injury in 93/94 he might have been effective for another few seasons beyond that at his current levels at the time.
It wasn't just #66, #10 Francis, 68 Jagr, 08 Recchi, #11 Cullen all had a lot of help in what Kevin was able to do.
You could take away any individual from that list and he was set still. Get him the puck at the right moment and he was golden.
1991 Stanley Cup
The 1990-1991 season had Mario Lemieux playing just 26 games. The Penguins line of Mark Recchi, John Cullen and Kevin Stevens behind the great coaching of Badger Bob Johnson managed to lift the Penguins enough to reach the playoffs. Craig Patrick's blockbuster trade of John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from the Hartford Whalers would be what many would say what won the cup for the Penguins. Led through the playoffs by Mario Lemieux, Mark Recchi, Paul Coffee, the great goaltending of Tom Barrasso, and spectacular backup by Frank Pietrangelo the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup.
Size/skill/knowledge = Kevin Stevens
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