First Overall Draft #14
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02-19-2013, 07:12 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC
CLARK is winning this? Christ, I'd put:
before Wendel friggin' Clark.
564 points in 793 games in a largely high-scoring era? That's basically third line numbers. He barely had a handful of + seasons, and a plethora of HUGELY minus ones. "But he was a leader and a warrior". So was Jason Smith. So was Mike Peca. So was Jim Peplinski. And Dave Taylor. And Kirk Muller. And Trevor Linden. And Dale Hunter. And so on. He never won anything either. I don't get why he's such a popular choice. He was a good player, but nothing THAT special.
But I wouldn't take any of those guys ahead of a borderline superstar like Kane or Hall . Murphy at least won a cup and played a solid role in doing so, and had a similar stat line. Ramage was a beast who played a longer career, won a cup as a key piece, and was also a warrior. Nolan had a much longer career and was also a beast, putting up nearly 900 points. Arguments could easily be made even for Hamrlik and Nash over Clark.
I remember Clark very well and he was infinitely likeable, but he wasn't THAT great as a hockey player. Just a good NHLer, heart and soul kinda guy, and provided good toughness and secondary scoring. Nothing more...
I picked Kane here. It's too early, but he's already a cup winner and was one of the biggest pieces to that cup run as basically a teenager.
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