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07-05-2010, 06:50 PM
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Found a nice article about Scott Stevens from the 2000 playoff run when I was looking for info about Larry Robinson's coaching job:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...9381/index.htm

Figure it's a nice reminder to the younger posters as to why a guy with such pedestrian offensive numbers is a regular second round pick in the main draft:

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Through three rounds Stevens simply was the NHL's leading player, dominating not with flair but with forcefulness. Stevens had taken only two minor penalties despite being matched against the Florida Panthers' Pavel Bure in the first round, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Mats Sundin in the second and the Philadelphia Flyers' top line in the third.
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Stevens is the most effective hitter in the NHL because of his balance, his timing and his ability to read the play—"Scott's just like one of those fighter pilots who gets someone in his sights, locks in and boom" says Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko—and Lindros had his head down while stickhandling through traffic at the blue line, an embossed invitation for disaster. An older and smarter Stevens had simply stepped in to deliver the blow. Now he was looking for neither praise nor thanks, but an exit.

The Hit had obliterated Lindros, but it also overshadowed everything else about Stevens's dominating Game 7 performance. In the first period Stevens hip-checked hulking center Keith Primeau behind the Devils net, blocked four shots and actually caught a fifth, fielding an Adam Burt drive from the point as if it had been some broken-bat flare to shortstop. Brodeur, in the New Jersey net, said, "Wow, what a save." Stevens was putting on the greatest one-game display by a defenseman that Devils assistant coach Jacques Caron had ever seen. "Given the circumstances, absolutely," Caron says. "Remember, I go back to the days of Bobby Orr." Smoking one of the biggest, most powerful forwards in the NHL was only part of it.
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"I've never seen a player so physically dominating," Holik says. "Teams were like, 'Oh, hey, let's not go this way, there's Scott Stevens.' I played with Scott against Sundin's line, and you could see them coming at you because they didn't want to come at Scotty. He makes a difference."
The article also talks about how great Brett Hull was playing in the playoffs that year.

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The odds against Wally Hergesheimer's success in hockey were as firmly stacked in place as sandbags against a flood. At the start of his pro career with the Minneapolis Millers in 1947, he stood 5' 8" and weighed only 145 pounds. He was also humourously known as "Fingers" because he'd lost his index and middle fingers up to the knuckles of his right hand in a punch-press accident.
What does this do for Moose Johnson's stock? Hergesheimer played in the late 40s and early 50s.

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