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07-19-2013, 03:22 AM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
Erixon was vastly underrated. Around 1988 or 1989 Hockey Digest polled the top players in the game who they felt were the toughest guys to play against -- Gretzky said Carbonneau and Lemieux said Erixon.
Erixon was a Selke finalist in 1988. That's why I get mad when people call Callahan and Boyle good defensive forwards. They're good shot blockers and decent penalty killers, but neither of them are good at coverage and shadowing star players, which were Erixon's tasks every game.
Erixon was a coverage specialist. Granted, one man can only do so much against a guy like Lemieux or Gretzky, but many many forwards went through hell eluding Erixon's check.
He's the best defensive forward the Rangers have ever had, with Larmer, Tikkanen and the two months of Mactavish also up there.
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