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Fetisov vs. Potvin

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Fetisov vs. Potvin

Can anybody compare these two? From what I remember, they played a similar style in similar time and had similar success. Let's try to curb our homerism.

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saw a whole lot more Potvin in his prime than Fetisov but I'd say Potvin was better (homerism notwithstanding).

Specifically, I think Potvin was better offensively and a lot meaner/vicious in his own zone. Potvin put up some huge numbers on some really awful teams way before the first cup too. I think Potvin is the best defenseman I've ever seen, in his prime (didn't see Orr in his prime), he did everything at an elite level.

Fetisov, I saw him more like a Lidstrom. Also elite in all areas but not as dynamic off the rush, not a heavy puck carrier like Coffey/Leetch in their prime, but always an amazing first pass, excellent in breakouts, few mistakes, reliable no matter the game situation, logged big minutes and was very effective even as he aged.

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Except, unlike Lidstrom, Fetisov was very physical. Always enjoyed giving a good hit, especially a hip-check, his speciality. I don't remember him being a dynamic puck carrier (he usually played on teams with no shortage of elite carriers, except, of course, the Devils), but he was always ready to jump into play.

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Was that Fetisov Wendel one punched back when Slava was on the Devils?

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Was that Fetisov Wendel one punched back when Slava was on the Devils?
Wendel Moment #7 - How do you say "knockout" in Russian?

Watch at 1:02 for what triggered the punch:


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Clark. Tough player. Not many like him anymore, unfortunately.

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Clark. Tough player. Not many like him anymore, unfortunately.
I'd say none like him actually.
Not that can hit like he did, fight like he did and shoot like he did.
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Fetisov was more like Potvin than he was Lidstrom. Carried the puck quite a bit and was a mean, nasty hitter. Both peaked high but did not maintain it due to injuries and wear and tear... I view them as very similar, with Potvin having an edge on offensive peak and Fetisov in career, but both were key cogs on great teams.

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That's what I think too, but I don't remember him carrying the puck as much. So it's surprising that Fetisov ranks here lower than Potvin. Especially considering that many people here value career over peak, in which case Slava has a sizable advantage.

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That's what I think too, but I don't remember him carrying the puck as much. So it's surprising that Fetisov ranks here lower than Potvin. Especially considering that many people here value career over peak, in which case Slava has a sizable advantage.
The last thing I wanted to do today is have yet another conversation about the Top 60 D-Men list (so of course here I am having one ) but I think most who participated tend to agree that there's not a whole lot of separation between guys in the top 10-11 on that list, other than Orr >>>> everyone else.

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