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11-28-2012, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
I have a theory that some Montreal Canadiens fans/media tend to rank players based on how they would have fit into the great Montreal dynasty teams. That point of view would explain many of Bowman's less conventional rankings. Phil Esposito, Red Kelly, Paul Coffey...good enough players, but do they really fit well on the greatest team of all time? Even Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux would have to adjust their games (although it's not too hard to see Mario in Jean Beliveau's role, so he goes ahead of Gretzky.) On the other hand, Dave Keon would fit perfectly. And there's no need to ask that question about, say, Jacques Lemaire or Bob Gainey, because we know they were excellent players in an important role on the greatest team of all time.
That's a good point. However, what about Bryan Trottier? The ultimate two-way player, leader, team guy. Much better than Dave Keon by any objective metric. Yet Trottier occupies no. 62, while Keon is in the top15.

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