Oh we had some really really bad defensemen in our first couple of years. For example, Bicanek. Not good. The nightmare that was Darren Quint. Yeah, he could put up some points, but wow was he bad in the defensive zone. Not sure he was worse than Backman, but I have no idea how he manged 450 games in the NHL.
And the infamous JLGP. Oh good grief, did he suck.