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11-16-2012, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
Early in his career, the Capitals considered moving Stevens to wing because his offense was that good. He had five seasons of 60+ points (including once 72 and once 78) and two more that fell just shy (57 and 59). Pronger only hit 60 once, albeit in a lower scoring era and having seasons of 56 and 59 (in 66 games) points as well. Stevens morphed into a defense-only guy later in his career, but he had quite a run as an offensive defenseman.
Pronger also posted 47 in 51 games in 00-01. And during Stevens' run as an offensive defenseman, it's important to note that he wasn't the defensive monster we all remember from New Jersey. He was like a better version of Dion Phaneuf or Kevin Hatcher; defense was a secondary consideration.

Pronger has always played both sides of the puck very well, which is the major driving force that puts him above Stevens. Stevens did one, then the other. Pronger did both at the same time as well as Stevens did them separately.

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