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08-18-2013, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
I've seen the entire careers of all these guys except for Howell. McDonagh looks to me to easily rank above Greschner, Patrick, Ruotsolainen, Beukeboom, Maloney and Lowe unless you want to count his time as an Oiler. You might want to move Barry Beck into the mix though. I'd rank Staal ahead of most of this list as well.

James Patrick was a very good player but he never really became a top NHL defenseman. IMO he was more of a heady skill player and not very physical and to be honest getting Steve Larmer for him was a good deal for the Rangers. Ruotsolainen was an offensive force but very small and not great defensively. Best comparable here to DZ though Reijo was smaller but a better skater and quite a bit more creative.

Forgot Beck, add him as well.

I saw them all play and over their career they did much more than McD has so far, he has the skill to over take many of them but having the skill is not doing it.
As far as individual skills they were each very good in their own ways, comparing the over-all player is hard to do, so I am not going to get into the offense vs defense debate.

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