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03-25-2013, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
We have no specific knowledge of how Alf Smith worked the boards. Was he better than Broadbent, Denneny, Oatman, Harris?
Eh, all the quotes about Alf Smith talk about him being a physical menance, and there are a lot of them. I realize there is no specific evidence that he fought for the puck in corners, but he does appear to have battled relentlessly all over the ice. I think it's enough to put him decisively over Oatman and Harris, both of whom have much more vague quotes about their battling.

Denneny and Broadbent I thinnk have much more established physical play and might be up there, though Denneny's so much better as an offensive player than the rest of these guys, I don't think he's really comparable.

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