Scott Stevens vs Chris Pronger
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11-18-2012, 08:42 PM
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I don't put much stock into Stevens's lack of a Norris. Stevens played in one of the most competitive era for defensemen ever. Bourque/Coffey/Leetch/MacInnis/Chelios. He was top-10 in Norris voting eleven times, compared to Pronger's seven. The '94 Norris voting between Stevens and Bourque was one of the closest ever.
I certainly wouldn't put Pronger over Brad Park, Slava Fetisov, or Mark Howe just because he has a Norris and they don't.
A Hart Trophy, yeah I'll give Pronger that. But Stevens has a Conn Smythe. So whatever.
Stevens had a higher offensive peak, a higher defensive peak, a better playoff resume (capped off with a Smythe), more post-season All-Star selections (five, Pronger has four), and captained three championship teams.
Stevens having a better playoff resume as an individual is arguable. Pronger has had some amazing playoff runs.
Also, Pronger was comparable defensively to Stevens or at worst only a shade behind during Stevens' defensive peak. And while this was happening, Pronger was also performing offensively at a level that compares well to Stevens' offensive peak. The fact that Pronger did this simultaneously, and for an extended period, shows that he was the better player.
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