ziggystardust wrote:Mario was probably the best offensive talent ever, and on top of that he never set foot in the defensive zone... its not fair to compare Croz to cherry-pickers like Lamoo.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions in NHL hockey. One, how many times have you seen Lemieux tool around with the puck in a time killing situation and all the other team could do was sit and watch? Because they certainly couldn't get the puck from him.
Two, how many times did Lemieux have to play defense. With the gawdy offensive numbers and so little games played, most of his time on the ice was spent in the offensive zone.
Three, scoring a shorthanded goal is just as good as killing a penalty. Even if the team scores on that same PP.
You won't find me saying that Lemieux was Jiri Lehtonen, but he certainly wasn't the worst defensive forwards in the game.