NYR Top 10 Centers of All-Time (Preliminary Top 20 List Due!)
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04-11-2013, 12:29 PM
I voted for Kodos
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Egg, New York
Frank Boucher is #1 on this list, and it is not even remotely close. Here, an updated Boucher bio:
Frank Boucher was the original Rangers playoff hero. You'll see in the link above that he was being dicussed as possibly the greatest playoff performer in NHL history in 1933 as the Bread Line Rangers were on their way to their 2nd Cup win. Boucher was just as good a scorer as Bill Cook (they literally scored the exact same number of points over their ten peak seasons in blue), and was a great two-way player. Among many other great achievements, Frank Boucher scored 4 of the 5 Rangers goals in the 1928 Cup finals, which the Blueshirts won in an incredibly tight series over the Montreal Maroons (this was the year Lester Patrick played goal for one game in the finals). It is arguably the greatest playoff performance by any player in NHL history. In a very tight-checking era, Boucher scored 10 points in those playoffs (and 4 of 5 goals in the finals) when the #2 scorer in that playoff season (his linemate Bill Cook) had 5 points.
Frank Boucher is a Steve Yzerman level player in the history of hockey. He is the greatest Ranger center without the slightest doubt.
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