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Has An American Player Ever Been The Best Player In The NHL?

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11-03-2007, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Psycho Papa Joe View Post
I offer no proof, but I get the feeling that dominating the NCAA in the early 1900's is hardly a noteworthy accomplishment. That would be like throwing an NHL player into Junior B.
True enough. But the upside was certainly there.

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11-03-2007, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Al Bundy View Post
Please tell me how a guy scored 97 points, outscores the godlike Bourque, Chelios, Leetch, Coffey, etc. and gets no recgonition!

Personally, I always thought Phil Housley deserved more respect and, moreover, thought Ray Bourque was a wee bit overrated.
Why does he get no recognition? Well just one 2nd team all-star to boot in '92, not even the season he scored that 97 points. In '93 his 97 point year he had what a minus -14 rating on a fairly decent and far from bad team. That say something on how bad he was defensively. Plus he never won a Cup and onl had one Cup final appearance. he was woeful offensively which is why his high point totals were ignored because he allowed so many goals when he was on the ice.

Bourque overrated? Only Gordie Howe has more all-star team selections than him 21 to 19. For 19 seasons he was considered a top 4 defenseman in the league, including 5 Norris Trophies, one Cup and three Cup final visits. Only Howe was better for a LONGER period of time. And maybe as for being great for a certain length of time onl Gretzky is equal to him maybe

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11-03-2007, 10:44 PM
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11-03-2007, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jiggs 10 View Post
Leetch is the one who was overrated. Mike Modano has, at times, been one of the top 3 players in the NHL. Granted, never #1, but certainly in the top 3 over a 3 year period.
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11-03-2007, 11:42 PM
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