Reserves : Morenz-"Boum Boum" Geoffrion-Messier
This defensive line-up scares the living ***** out of me !!!!!! You can also add Lidstrom...
Roy (3-time Conn Smyth means a lot !!!)
Let me just say that I honestly think that a great number of Russian players that never played in the NHL could easily make it on the list....but since I've never seen them play, either on tv or in a live game, I cannot assess how good they are......
This line up, put into a time machine, beats all of the old school lineups. Better conditioning, better skills. Although I would give space for Brett Hull and Mario: they were/are just sick and translated their skills well into the contemporary age despite the trap.
Yes, what Orr did is ten thousand times more important than Pronger. The point is that these guys today could beat any ghosts of yesteryear. I look at old film of Esposito and laugh at the shoddiness of his game. He had immense perserverance, but I think Andreychuk could have gone in a time machine and scored more goals than him. I'm trying to appreciate the talent around today and not fall into the "the old days were the best days" fallacy.
Although I do think that Mike Bossy would be tremendous in today's game, and I like that Shore got a nod.
Don't use a old film of Esposito to disparage the players of the 60's & 70's. espo was one of the most over rated players ever but he did have the fortune of playing with both Bobby Hull & Orr. Have you ever seen a highlight film of Orr Or bobby Hull. Nothing compares today except for Mario.