This shouldn't be close and that is by no means to slight Brian Rakalski. Rafalski's prime could still be in the future but to this point he is a 0.54 PPG player. For his career Housley was a 0.82 PPG. That's a huge difference when you consider the span of Housley's career. Even if you want to compare apples and apples, through Housley's first 5 years he was an offensive machine (102G, 239A, 341PTS). I know it's a different era but Rafalski's career numbers don't compare (30G, 177A, 207PTS).
Housley but to me he was always just a glorified winger. Who else has 97 points as a d man and is -13 that year which I believe he was. Housley was just a really good power play specialist not a great d-man. If Coffey is average at best defensively then my question is how do you rate Housley? That depends on how you rate a pylon.