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07-19-2009, 10:41 AM
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Top 10 All-time Defensemen

i now you guys have already gone over this but its such a great topic with so many great d-men over the years...
this video seems to sum it up perfectly to me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLB3DujcTg

heres the order

10 stevens
9 red kelly
8 lidstrom
7 larry robinson
6 potvin
5 coffey
4 shore
3 bourque
2 harvey
1 orr

also, check out the vid for some great honourable mentions

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07-19-2009, 10:46 AM
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Stevens and Coffey in the top 10 is a complete joke imho.

1. Orr - by far the best
2. Harvey
2. Shore
4. Bourque
5. Lidstrom
6. Potvin
7. Kelly
8. Robinson
9. Fetisov
10. Chelios
10. Park

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07-19-2009, 11:00 AM
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i believe that bobby is bar far number one...
howwver, did you check the vid, in which park and chelios are honourbale mentions..
but fetisov is definately a good point

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1. Orr


2. Harvey
3. Shore
4. Bourque
5. Potvin
6. Lidstrom

7. Robinson
8. Coffey
9. Park
10. Chelios

HM: Kelly, MacInnis, Stevens, Leetch, Langway, Niedermayer

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1. Bobby Orr

2. Eddie Shore
3. Doug Harvey

4. Raymond Bourque
5. Nicklas Lidstrom
6. Denis Potvin
7. Red Kelly
8. Larry Robinson

9. Viacheslav Fetisov
10. Brad Park

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07-19-2009, 11:07 AM
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1. Orr
2. Harvey
3. Shore
4. Bourque
5. Lidstrom
6. Potvin
7. Robinson
8. Kelly
9. Fetisov
10. Chelios

HM: Park, Coffey, Pilote, Horton, Stevens

Switch Kelly and Robinson if we are talking about Kelly's whole career (rather than just time at D).


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07-19-2009, 11:10 AM
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at least everyone can agree with orr, hoarvey, shote and bourque being the top 4 d-men

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07-19-2009, 11:27 AM
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1. Orr
2. Shore
3. Harvey
4. Bourque
5. Potvin
6. Kelly
7. Lidstrom
8. Robinson
9. Park
10. Fetisov

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07-19-2009, 11:28 AM
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ALSO check out the video link in the first comment...its a pretty good video on top 10 d-men with some good pics

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Orr
Harvey
Shore
Bourque
Potvin
Lidstrom
Robinson
Kelly
Coffey
Chelios

Look seriously, I know a lot of people hate Coffey in the top 10 but I can't think of a HHOF player that has gotten so much hate on him since his retirement that he hasn't deserved. Coffey was a great defenseman, and it doesnt matter what era he would have played in anybody would have taken Coffey on their team in his prime.

Above is my list, Park/Fetisov/Pilote would be outside of the top 10 IMO. Lidstrom has had a great career and I think if you factor in longevity he beats Robinson nowadays, but I couldn't put him ahead of Potvin since he brought a little more to the table. And the Lidstrom vs. Bourque polls I see out there are usually done by people that didn't see Ray Bourque play so IMO there isn't much of a discussion putting Lidstrom ahead of him. Some might even still have Robinson ahead of Lidstrom, and that's fine with me too. But I'll give Nick the edge

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07-19-2009, 11:46 AM
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No mention of clancy or siebert, maybe its because we never saw them play.

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yeah, because shore and harvey seem to be the only mentions of players 1950's era and before.. i think brad park may desrve spot #10, after all he was overshaowed by orr for a major part of his career..

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07-19-2009, 11:51 AM
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Orr
Harvey
Shore
Bourque
Potvin
Lidstrom
Robinson
Kelly
Coffey
Chelios

Look seriously, I know a lot of people hate Coffey in the top 10 but I can't think of a HHOF player that has gotten so much hate on him since his retirement that he hasn't deserved. Coffey was a great defenseman, and it doesnt matter what era he would have played in anybody would have taken Coffey on their team in his prime.

Above is my list, Park/Fetisov/Pilote would be outside of the top 10 IMO. Lidstrom has had a great career and I think if you factor in longevity he beats Robinson nowadays, but I couldn't put him ahead of Potvin since he brought a little more to the table. And the Lidstrom vs. Bourque polls I see out there are usually done by people that didn't see Ray Bourque play so IMO there isn't much of a discussion putting Lidstrom ahead of him. Some might even still have Robinson ahead of Lidstrom, and that's fine with me too. But I'll give Nick the edge
That's true. Look how many actually did take him. Then compare it to how many teams the other greats played for.

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also, the lidstrom and robinson ranking was tough...i think that if lidstrom can prove his longevity with 2 more decent seasons he will end up ahead of robinson, its just that i believe robinson played at a time when the elite d-men in the league were amazing throughthe late 70's and 80's

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Personally I'd put Potvin at #2, behind only Orr, Bourque at 3 works fine for me...

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i think that once you throw in the offensive skills of said defenseman,thats when the agreements/disagreements start.

Bobby Orr is #1 for a reason.he could do it all: play defense,score,check,fight.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLB3DujcTg

playing defense, it isnt just about stats and goals and assists but also hte unseen stats such as takeways, interceptions, goals saved, shots blocked, clearing the zone, etc

enough siad bobby orr is still the best and always will be

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That's true. Look how many actually did take him. Then compare it to how many teams the other greats played for.
There are reasons for that. Coffey post-1996 started to plummet. He was 35 after all, and he was not the elite defenseman anymore. But he was on Edmonton from '80-87 and left on his own will (holdout). Then he went to Pittsburgh and was traded by 1992, LA for one year, and then Detroit till 1996. If you look at that time frame that isn't too bad over 16 years. It's his post 1996 career that's just dreadful and where he played for 5 more teams in as many years.

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i now you guys have already gone over this but its such a great topic with so many great d-men over the years...
this video seems to sum it up perfectly to me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLB3DujcTg

heres the order

10 stevens
9 red kelly
8 lidstrom
7 larry robinson
6 potvin
5 coffey
4 shore
3 bourque
2 harvey
1 orr
Personally I'd put Potvin at #2, behind only Orr, Bourque at 3 works fine for me...Ditto Shore @4 ( although, I never saw him play ) Harvey might be 5 in my books ( but my memories of him are quite hazy, + I heard he had a fondness for drink ) ...Maybe Lidstrom next...BUT I always really liked Brad Park, and CCCPers Vasiliev and Fetisov as well. Can't think of too many that were better. Robinson, Kelly, Stevens and Tim Horton too...all HM... Ok he was a great skater, and I also really liked him ( offensively at least ) Still Coffey over Potvin? that's CRAZY IMO

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yeah, coffeys defensive play was always questionable but in his prime his offensive play was outstanding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLB3DujcTg

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1. Bobby Orr
2. Eddie Shore
3. Doug Harvey
4. Raymond Bourque
5. Nicklas Lidstrom
6. Denis Potvin
7. Red Kelly
8. Larry Robinson
9. Viacheslav Fetisov
10. Brad Park
11. Chris Chelios
12. Paul Coffey
13. Pierre Pilote
14. Dit Clapper
15. King Clancy
16. Earl Seibert
17. Tim Horton
18. Bill Gadsby
19. Al Macinnis
20. Sprague Cleghorn
21. Borje Salming
22. Valeri Vasiliev
23. Scott Stevens
24. Brian Leetch
25. Rod Langway


Based on the usual combination of criteria. Peak, Prime, Career, Durability, Longevity, playoffs, intangibles, Offensive play, Defensive play and yes, competition matters.


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Orr
Harvey
Shore
Bourque
Potvin
Lidstrom
Robinson
Kelly
Coffey
Chelios

Look seriously, I know a lot of people hate Coffey in the top 10 but I can't think of a HHOF player that has gotten so much hate on him since his retirement that he hasn't deserved. Coffey was a great defenseman, and it doesnt matter what era he would have played in anybody would have taken Coffey on their team in his prime.

Above is my list, Park/Fetisov/Pilote would be outside of the top 10 IMO. Lidstrom has had a great career and I think if you factor in longevity he beats Robinson nowadays, but I couldn't put him ahead of Potvin since he brought a little more to the table. And the Lidstrom vs. Bourque polls I see out there are usually done by people that didn't see Ray Bourque play so IMO there isn't much of a discussion putting Lidstrom ahead of him. Some might even still have Robinson ahead of Lidstrom, and that's fine with me too. But I'll give Nick the edge
I can see an argument for Coffey over Chelios, Pilote and Fetisov(If you do not care for non-NHL play), but I see no argument for him over Brad Park.

Personally, based on my criteria of what is important, Coffey comes in behind Chelios and Fetisov, but narrowly beats Pilote.

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1. Bobby Orr
2. Doug Harvey
3. Eddie Shore
4. Raymond Bourque
5. Nicklas Lidström
6. Denis Potvin
7. Red Kelly
8. Viatcheslav Fetisov
9. Brad Park
10. Paul Coffey

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I can see an argument for Coffey over Chelios, Pilote and Fetisov(If you do not care for non-NHL play), but I see no argument for him over Brad Park.

Personally, based on my criteria of what is important, Coffey comes in behind Chelios and Fetisov, but narrowly beats Pilote.
I like Park, but I felt Coffey could control the pace of a game about as good as any defenseman of all time not named Orr or Harvey. He could set the tone, how many other defenseman could rush the puck up the ice like him on a whim? That alone would force me to put him in the top 10. His defense was average but his offense was 2nd best ever. That combination is lethal in my books. I can live with you putting Park ahead of him though, no disrespect to Park at all.

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id have potvin over coffey cause defiensively potvin was much better
however, on that list from 1-25 top d-men
i disagree with:
stevens at 23 way too low
leetch at 24 too low
and lidstrom over potvin is nearly pathetic

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