2002 Canes finals team? Wesley led that team in SHTOI, and also saw lot of use on ES. His leadership also played an important part in the 2006 Cup win.
Wesley was 4th on the team in total icetime among defensemen. If he was a "major" part then so were 9 other guys. Which is entirely possible. And which would be nothing to laugh at either. Good on him. He was good, no doubt. I respected him a lot and what he brought, and enjoyed watching him. But what he did that year was not the same as being a #1 or 2 defenseman.
Originally Posted by raleh
I'm enjoying the arguments in this thread, but Clancy as a top ten Dman? Of all time? That's silly.
I said "potentially" - let's face it, after that #9 spot (Kelly? Robinson? Fetisov?) that #10 spot is 100% up for grabs by a number of players.
Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe
I don't think it's entirely silly to rank the 2nd best defenseman to play the game before 1950 as #10 (I may have been the one to stir the **** earlier in the draft and claim this... heh). But yeah, the Chelios/Park/Coffey trio (the "standard" picks for #10) is a tough group to crack.
TDMM is right - it's not silly. Chelios/Park/Coffey/Clancy/Cleghorn are practically even when overall values as players are considered.