Thread: Kevin Hatcher
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10-10-2012, 09:46 PM
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Hatcher was a guy who just ended up stagnating.

Showed flashes of greatness from about 1988-93, but was prone to brain farts and poor defensive play. Still a young player, though, and you felt that if he could round out his defensive game and be a bit more consistently physical, he’d contend for a Norris eventually.

After his huge 1992-93 season, though, he went the other way. At a point in time where he should have been pulling everything together to develop into a mature, reliable player, he just regressed and went backwards. His physical game disappeared entirely, and his defensive play got worse as his skating deteriorated as he aged. Still good on the PP, but an average at best player at ES through the second half of his career. Was also constantly overplayed which didn’t help matters.

Ultimately a major disappointment given what he promised in his first few seasons in the league – when he broke in, he was billed as what Rob Blake ended up being. Played his last game at only age 34.

As someone else noted, if you could have combined Derian’s defensive game with Kevin’s offensive skills, you’d have ended up with a Larry Robinson-esque HHOFer. Kevin, though, lacked the fire and competitiveness of his brother. Through the first half of his career, coaches could get a mean streak out of him on occasion, but as he aged he just seemed content to play small and contribute on the PP.

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