I concur 100%. Drury's lasting legacy will be the influence he had on Callahan and Dubi's games. Neither would be the player's they've grown to be without playing beside Dru, albeit on his last legs, especially #24.
Agree with this. I believe Jagr's lasting legacy was the impact he had on Dubinsky and the way he taught him to work in the corners.
I understand the Drury and Graves comparisons, but I respectfully disagree. To me, those parallels are clearly HIGHLY influenced by Cally's personality and leadership. From those points of view, I absolutely see the comparison - but I was referring to style of play.
Drury to me was much more of an opportunistic, sniff around the play and grab the loose puck kind of player. Graves was much slower and relied more on carving out room and finishing simple plays due to always being in ideal position (and, let's be honest, playing with one of the 10 best players of all time).
I made the Shanny comparison due to the north-south game with good speed, a guy who gets to the net rather than being forced wide, who has much better hands than you expect from a guy who otherwise plays such a meat and potatoes style. I thought Doan was a good comparison as well (although I fully admit I don't know him as well due to his playing in the west).
By the way, I do agree that Cally is his own player - and down the road others will be compared to him. But, he's still early in his career and it was something that popped into my head, so I thought I'd share.
I don't know if you were kidding or not but that's the closest so far.
I don't consider him Drury-like at all.
well i figured id get some crap for it but def closer than the Drury comparison. Harvey didn't necessarily have the leadership skills that Cally has obtained over the years but skill/grit wise that's who popped in the ole noggin.
A couple of years ago (I think during the summer) there was a thread where folks were talking about trading either Callahan or Dubinsky - I think Neal was the primary guy we were talking about coming the other way. At that time, I think I said something like I'd do Dubi for Neal, although I considered it a bit of a lateral move, but of COURSE you'd trade Cally, because he was only a third liner (albeit a very good one) and if you can swap a third liner for a top 6, you always do it.
Mea culpa, I was wrong. I would still move Dubi (although again, I'd be looking for an upgrade rather than a lateral move), but Cally is obviously much more than a "good third liner". He is perhaps THE core player on this team outside of Hank - and likely a fixture in the top 6 and the captain for the next decade.
It's been in the back of my head that his game reminds me of someone for a while. When I was watching today, it suddenly struck me that it was... Brendan Shanahan. Obviously, he's smaller and is lacking the slapshot and therefore likely won't be able to have quite the impact that Shanny had in his prime - but other than that, do others see the parallel? Or am I wrong about him once again?
I love Callahan but he is much less physically imposing than Shanahan was and far below him in scoring ability.
^ This is the first this that came to mind when asked the question. He definitley reminds me a lot of Pat Verbeek, minus a bit of the scoring touch. Not super huge, physical top 2-line player who is a decent skater and can chip in offense.
Shanahan commanded much more of an offensive presence.
Graves is much slower than Callahan was.
And Drury used more of his head than his heart in garnering success.