Anyway, about the comparison with Modano, Roenick and the era they're playing it,they both had some pretty high scoring years in the early 90s, just like LaFontaine did. It's not like they entered the league in 1997, they played in the same era as LaFontaine for a lot of years, and themselves enjoyed the high scoring NHL days.
Lafontaine had 10 years in the higher scoring era and 2 in the lower
Roenick and Modano have had 5 lower and 10 higher.
No doubt he is my choice for sure...all these young punks forget how dominant he was. Laffy or Housley, followed by Leetch, Modano and Roenick. If we are counting Brett Hull then he gets the #1 spot, but otherwise Housley.
He's probably not the greatest, but I believe Neal Broten deserves mention. I believe he was the first American player to bag 100+ points in a season, he won a gold medal, a Stanley Cup, and an NCAA crown. He was a trailblazer, and played in an era when there weren't all that many yanks in the NHL. He finished with 923 points, which aint too shabby.
i am the biggest richter fan but he is not on the level of those guys.. greatest american goaltender? sure if not absolutely, greatest american player? no... leetch on the same team was head and shoulders better and is one of the greatest defenseman of all time