I usually love Staples, but that rat list of defensemen in their prime at 31 is complete BS of picking and choosing.
Norm MacIver is really an example of a d-man at 31?
Over 200 defenseman, if not 400 have been 31 years old in the NHL since 1990. Yet, he has a list of maybe 21 that have been that age and played in the league, and in his opinion were failures.
5 foot 10 doesn't matter anymore. But for every Norm MacIver, he has a Phil Housley. Lubomir Visnovsky is an NHL allstar player, from his list he has - Mark Howe, Phil Housley, Randy Carlyle, Steve Duchesne... not exactly bad company.
About a 75% be in the NHL at "34" rather than "31" like Visnovsky is, and played in an allstar game to make the Hall of Fame. I'll take those odds. Thanks for the stats David Staples.
Last edited by Raoul Duke*: 07-01-2008 at 12:49 AM.