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11-29-2012, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
Johnson won it in '59, Pilote were always a threat. The thing is Harvey were better than Bourque so his competition looks weaker at first glimpse.

Bourque never really competed Potvin except for in '84 Potvin had injury problems and never really got back to his pre-80s form. Isles and Potvin were smart and rested him for the playoffs.
Pilote was a rookie in 1957, didn't receive significant Norris consideration until 1959, and didn't finish top 5 in Norris voting until 1960.

1957 was the last year Kelly received significant Norris consideration, and in 1960 he was traded to Toronto and permanently converted to center.

Pilote and Kelly weren't competition for Harvey at the same time.

I agree with you that Potvin wasn't quite in his regular season prime anymore (partly due to injuries) when Bourque came into the league, but he was at least getting some consideration. By the time Bourque was winning Norrises, Potvin had retired.

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