With Fabian Brunnstrom scoring a hatty in his first ever NHL game, I did some reading on Real Cloutier. He was before my time, and to be quite honest, I had never heard of him until today. So I figured I could use the ultimate hockey information resource that is the collective intelligence of HF, to further my hockey history education.
From what I have read he seems like quite the enigmatic figure, and put up some pretty impressive numbers (97 points in 67 games), only to retire at the age of 28, widely considered to be the prime age for an NHL hockey player.
I was just curious, if anyone had seen him play? what kind of player was he? Were his point totals inflated because of linemates (Stastny's maybe?)? and was he a potential HOF player if he remained in the game?
I think he would have done well if he played in the nhl during his wha days. Guys like him and Jason Allison are kinda hard to rank, I mean Jason Allison was injury prone, but when he was there he was clearly affective.