How do today's dmen stack up to the Orr/Potvin/Robbinson era?
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01-16-2004, 10:43 AM
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Pronger is a lot like Robinson and Potvin. At his best, he can completely dominant a game. He is probably the most complete defensemen in the NHL.
Pronger, while a large fellow, is in no way in the same league as a Denis Potvin or Larry Robinson. Both of them were far better puck carriers than Pronger, who sometimes looks like he's got a hand grenade at the end of his stick. And while Pronger IS a big hitter at times, Potvin did it EVERY GAME, not just once a week or so. And Robinson scared the beejeezes out of players in the 70's and 80's with his hits.
Lidstrom is far and away the most complete defenseman in the NHL today. He out-thinks you, instead of trying to blast you through the boards and taking yourself out of the play completely. Even Chelios is smarter than Pronger IMO.
I think if you took the best players of that era and moved them to today's game, they would be SO dominant it would be sick. Give Potvin the equipment of today and watch what would happen! But conversly, if you took some of today's so-called "best" and put them back in 1970's skates, equipment, and straightbladed wood sticks, they would fall all over themselves. Not the very top guys, they would do alright, but the middle-tier D-men who rely on the "chip the puck out" routine would not last long in that league.
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