I love watching NHL Network game footage of the islanders in the late 70's early 80's, because I love to watch Potvin skate around like a menacing beast. Being too young to have seen him first join the league, I was pretty interested to learn a lot from his legends of hockey bio, mainly about his physicality from the moment he stepped in the league. Then I watched the Flames/Kings game last night when something clicked, and it wasn't the sound of avery hitting the boards. Naturally I'm not saying phaneuf is or ever will be at potvin's level at any point during his career, but what kind of comparison can be made in the way they both entered the league? Fairly young guys (potvin at 18) come in and immediately begin to make physical and scoresheet contributions, while being very solid defensively. Again, I dream of phaneuf becoming a Potvin-like player, but anyone who has had a chance to watch them both come into the league, is it a fair comparison?