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11-20-2012, 06:11 AM
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I think it's pretty clear that Harvey's "new" way of playing made him stand out and must have been extremely effective because within 10 years every D-man in the league was playing that way and every kid under 18 was being trained to play that way and have been ever since.
If he wasn't successful and wasn't dominating, those changes wouldn't have been implemented and copied as quickly as it was.
Harvey deserves credit for his way of playing - just not because the way was new but rather because it helped to score goals/prevent goals against. Full points for dominating (whether by traditional or innovative means), but no extra points for being innovative.
But maybe that's a sophistical approach in your eyes.
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