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10-27-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by DisgruntledGoat View Post
This was my thought exactly after reading through the last few pages. Defensive play tends to get fetishized a bit around here but, at the end of the day, a player should be judged on whether or not they contributed to wins. Not how sexy an excel spreasheet their career creates.

Knocking a 2PPG+ Mario Lemieux for not backchecking is like criticizing Usain Bolt for not tying his shoes properly.
Totally agree. And when you see that the stars of the '80s Oilers occupy 3 of the top 6 spots for career SH goals, it's kind of obvious to see that offense as the best defense translated into plenty of wins for them. Mario in the top 4 despite having played only roughly half the games compared to some of the other leaders (and having led the league 3 times in SH goals) represents similar "transcending" of "traditional" defensive responsibilities, imo.

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