HOH Top 60 Centers of All-Time: Round 1 Preliminary Discussion Thread
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09-06-2013, 07:38 AM
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For all the hate he gets what are the opinions on Joe Nieuwendyk for the #60-#80 range?
I'm not planning on assembling a list, but I would think I'd find room for Joe towards the end, at least based on some of the other names that have been proposed in this thread. Brad Richards seems to have a good deal of support for inclusion towards the end of lists, and I would definitely have Nieuwendyk ahead of him.
He took a lot of heat in here over his HOF induction, so people might be tempted to drop him down their list to reinforce their opinion that he was a bad induction. One thing I always come back to is his inclusion on the 2002 Olympic team. That team was loaded, considered one of the best ever assembled, and the guys who selected it saw fit to include Nieuwendyk amongst that esteemed group. He was a guy who did tons of little things to help win hockey games.
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