HOH Top 60 Defensemen of All-Time
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03-24-2013, 08:38 AM
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Zubov probably got over looked because he was in the NHL, when all the worlds best players were in the NHL.
If he had stayed in Russia perhaps he would have had a resume much like the guy at 25 on the list Valeri Vasiliev
(or if Vasiliev had played in the NHL and competed with the other NHL Dmen on the top 60 list at that time.
Zubov also had a reputation from earlier in his career that stuck, he was better defensively later in his career than some people give him credit for.
He is in a lot of ways a slightly lesser Russian version of Nieds.
For his career Zubov was 2nd in points among all Dmen with 771 from 93-09 only behind Lidstrom and ahead of Leetch and Nieds, the top Canadian who was 4th during that time overall.
It's not like Zubov was anything near like Housley in his back end either as his TOI in Dallas indicates.
Guy averaged 26:10 MPG from age 28-39 from when Hockey reference tracks TOI.
If the Wall didn't fall, where do you think Bure, Federov and Mogilny would rank all-time, playing maybe 12 years together like the KLM line?
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