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04-18-2013, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Hobnobs View Post
I highly doubt that the era of clutching and grabbing pylons had smaller players than post expansion. Any studies on this?
I'd assume it would have been a larger man's league. Players were being drafted primarily for size, and The post-expansion rules have allowed smaller players to succeed. Most defensemen were already fairly large; looking at the Dallas Stars' roster alone, Derian Hatcher, Sergei Zubov, Craig Ludwig, Richard Matvichuk, Mike Lalor, Grant Ledyard, amongst many other defensemen for that team were above 6'0'' in height, averaging 6'2'' or 6'3''.

One could look extensively through every roster in the 1990s and take note of the height of defensemen. The league suited larger players, though. Andrei Nazarov stands out as a player who was drafted primarily because he was tall. He was drafted 10th overall in 1992.

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