Brian Rafalski is a pretty good defenseman, very good at times, but for awhile he was a a huge product of playing with Scott Stevens. He was always a great quarterback and offensive player, but he shined only the defensive side of things thanks to Stevens at the beginning of his career.
Now, "product of" is only really possible when players are complimentary toward each other. That's not to say that Rafalski didn't have talent, Stevens was just an excellent balance for him. I haven't seen any games with him on the Wings, but I bet that Lidstrom is too.
Pretty much any marginal defenseman who played a few seasons with an elite defenseman. They usually go back to their standard level after that. And if they didn't... well, then they probably weren't a product of the other guy.
Beauchemin was never that good. Even Ducks fans will tell you that.
This ducks fan agrees.. when nieds went into his mini-retirement/vacation, he looked lost and tried to be something he wasn't (a mobile, #1 defensemen like nieds as opposed to the #3-4 stay at home defenseman he was).
don't get to see him as much anymore, but any ducks fan can attest to beauch being a product of scotty.
The insufferable "leech!" meme, popularized on HF, is now applied to defensemen.
And when a few of us suggest playing the game to garner a better appreciation of it - and to avoid such silly theories - we are ripped for having an elitist attitude. No, we're simply trying to help others avoid such nonsense.