How do today's dmen stack up to the Orr/Potvin/Robbinson era?
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01-16-2004, 01:20 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
I'd just like to add that, as said before, today's players' equipment, strength, skills, etc., are at a much higher level in so many ways...
...but if the players of previous eras were playing today, they also would have the added advantage of higher levels of equipment, training, and conditioning throughout their career... so how this might affect their play/stats? I think particularly conditioning might make a difference when comparing players from eras where if teammates were smoking and drinking on game day (or even between periods) not much was thought about it, versus the conditioning most current hockey players go through all year long...
I also think it's harder for any player, defenseman or otherwise, to dominate as much these days...
Having said that, I'm partial to Potvin and Robinson.
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