I don't remember Dustin Brown ever getting injured for any significant time. He is a BEAST. If he played on a better team the last few years he would be a SUPER STAR. I know it's tough to watch Kings games regularly in NY, but I have and that guy is EVERYTHING I love about hockey.
and Yes Cally has many of those qualities. I'd say hes a bit more fragile and a bit less of an offensive skill.... despite those stats
Fragile? Come on now. let's see you take a slapshot by (Kris Letang?) on a lightly padded wrist and be lucky enough not to collapse and cry.
He's a bit less offensively talented, but he's also better defensively and argubaly one of the best penalty killing forwards in the league. We're lucky we have a 2nd liner, who reached 20 goals after missing a significant amount of time, who's also captain material, who's ALSO incredible defensively and a top PKer. That's an incredibly well-rounded player. I think he was on pace for a 60 point season before the injury- that's a player that OOZES everything I love about hockey.
Because he is a 2nd 3rd liner..... he had a career game today and now he's a 1st liner?
How about the fact that Brown spends, and has spent a fair amount of his career playing with Anze Kopitar, as well as two of the better offensive defensemen in the league, while Callahan has spent his career playing with second year third line centers like Artem Anisimov, or with Scott Gomez, who leads the league in "most offensive zone opportunities wasted by making a horrible pass, coughing up the puck, or putting the puck gently into the goaltender's chest protector." He's also often had to do this on the first line, despite the fact that, like you said, he's not really a first line player.
Is Ryan Callahan the Rangers version of Derek Jeter?
I definitely wouldn't go that far. I can see the comparison as the "intangible" guys, but Jeter is a hell of alot more tangible than he's given credit for. He's gonna finish with somewhere between 3,500-3,800 hits, and he's a no doubt hall of famer, without the rings, without the intangibles, and just on stats alone.