List of defensive forwards between shorthened seasons
I'm interested in your rankings of forwards (1995 - 2013) whose defense > offense or at least are better known for their defense.
I'm not sure about exact definition, I'm thinking about list of players included Madden, Handzus, PJ Axelsson, Peca, Draper, Lehtinen.. not players like Dacjuk, Yzerman, Fedorov, Hossa, Alfredsson...
So first, I please to help with definition and second, create a list based on their overall abilities.
They were the "third" line but got tons of icetime. They ate up the Pizza Line of the Senators that had crushed the Eastern Conference. Alfredsson had to be switched off the line. Best I have ever seen a checking line play.
It's funny that Lehtinen was a fantastic player, and a very good offensive player, considering he scored 30+ goals twice, for his defense to be ranked higher is quite an accomplishment. Plus he was a RW.
Bolland has had some good defensive runs in the playoffs as a shutdown guy, and has some pop. I always hated playing against Fiddler in Nashville, just a good checker with good hustle, all over the ice. For the Wings, definitely Helm is known for his defensive play, to the point where his loss this season was felt hard.