How do today's dmen stack up to the Orr/Potvin/Robbinson era?
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12-15-2003, 01:39 PM
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LIdstrom is the most technically perfect defenseman since...Salming, I guess. He would easily have been able to play in any era. Pronger...maybe, just because he's mean with his stick (read: dirty), and that was more acceptable in the 60's. But he is NO Robinson, Potvin, or Serge Savard as far as ability goes.
Stevens...I HATE the guy, but he would be able to play in any era, and play well.
Chelios plays like the guys from the 50's and 60's already. And better than many of them.
Overall, I don't see many of the so-called "great" D-men of today being able to play in the late 60's-early 70's when Park, Robinson, Potvin, Orr, Salming, Savard, Lapointe, etc. were playing. But the game has changed a lot since then, and it is always hard comparing across eras. D-men back then were either "offensive" defensemen like Park and Orr, or they were "defensive" defensemen like Savard or Stevens is today. Today's D-men are a combination, for the most part.
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