Interestingly, an SI article from a few years ago had Stevens at only #2 in terms of "best hitters of all-time". Leo Boivin, who played most of his career for the Bruins with stints in Toronto, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota, was their number 1.
When I read through this thread, the discussion who was the better allround defenseman, Stevens or Lidstrom, is a very interesting one.
I guess all the opinions (and my own) are based on one thing: style
I really think they are both equally good, offensive as well as defensive.
But I choose Lidstrom nine out ten times because in my eyes he´s more appealing to watch.
IMO, Stevens is a bone-breaker, very effective in his own unique way (said without a word of irony), Lidstrom on the other hand is a technical better skater, far more elegant all over the ice.
That´s all there is to it.
You like either one of ´em, but hardly both of them.