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10-31-2012, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Where is the evidence that Mikita was elite defensively coming from anyway? Ultimate Hockey?

He put up his numbers playing for a run-and-gun team and couldn't contain Beliveau in the playoffs.

I'm sure he was strong defensively, but he I don't think he belongs in the conversation for best ever.
As someone who researched him heavily, I agree 100%.

Originally Posted by livewell68 View Post
If we were to pick the top 10, mine would be

1. Gainey
2. Carbonneau
3. Mikita
4. Clarke
5. Trottier
6. Fedorov
7. Lehtinen
8. Datsyuk
9. Modano
10. Yzerman
Craig Ramsay definitely belongs ahead of at least 4 of those names.

Originally Posted by mydogsparty View Post
What about Jean Ratelle. He wasn't a physical presence but he backchecked.
Not close. “He backchecked” is not a strong case for “best defensive forward ever”.

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