Who was the best defenseman in the 90's?

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  1. Ram*

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    I started watching hockey in the late 90's but I was too young to really appreciate the sport.

    Who was the big superstar amongst the defenders? Who was the best? Who was the most marketable?
     
  2. RogerRoeper*

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    Bourque imo.
     
  3. CAPS LOCK

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    Calle Johansson was supremely underrated imo. By far not the best, but one of the greats of the 90s as an all around.
     
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    First part Bourque, second part Lidstrom - though he was still ridiculously underrated since he used a defensive style no elite defencemen had ever used before.
     
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    i think Rob Blake, Alexi Zhitnik and Al MaCinnis deserve to be mentioned
     
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    Brian Leetch in my opinion was best dman of 90's
     
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    Bourque, MacInnis, Leetch, Blake, Lidstrom, Coffey, Stevens.
     
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    I'd go with Borque, Chelios and Stevens. MacInnis was pretty good too.

    Chelios started the 90's on fire (Norris in '93 & '95, 60-70 pts/year), MacInnis came on late (Norris in '99). Borque was solid throughout.
     
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    Chalk me down for Bourque
     
  10. zeus3007*

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    This is the answer you seek OP.

    Honorable mentions to MacInnis, Leetch, Niedermayer and Stevens. Everyone else was a few steps behind.

    And to the guy saying Zhitnik...really? :shakehead
     
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    All these names makes me miss those players! :cry:
     
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    I'll go Leetch on this one as well. One of the greatest PO performances of all time and brought it every game.
     
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    ok Zhitzik wasnt the best of the 90's but i said he deserve mention. And yes, that guy in his prime had a ridiculously high hockey IQ, he was solid on the back end when he played in LA.
     
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    Raymond Bourque IMO.

    He was a great player.
     
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    For consistent play throughout the decade, I go with Bourque.
     
  16. Ram*

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    What about Chris Chelios?
     
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    Stevens but in today's game he would be suspended every other month.
     
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    I'm biased to say Stevens, but Bourque and Lidstrom are also good answers for the top defenceman. Leetch, Chelios, MacInnis, and Blake also deserve a mention.
     
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    You can't be serious, right?

    Anyways, Ray Bourque hands down.
     
  20. Analyzer*

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    Chelios, Bourque, MacInnis, Blake, Zubov, Niedermayer, Sandis Ozolinsh for some of it. Lidstrom, Kostantinov *

    My outside pick for being somewhat decent. Frederick Olausson.

    Zhitnik was pretty underrated in Buffalo. Though, Hasek and Peca made him look good. Brian Leetch too, but mostly for the early parts of the 90's.
     
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    Bourque was pretty awesome.
     
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    Add in the honorable mentions for Chelios, Coffey and Blake, and look no farther for your answers.
     
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    For the decade as a whole:



    Chelios
    Bourque
    Macinnis
    Stevens
    Leetch
    Blake
    Lidstrom
    Desjardins
    Niedermayer
     
  24. Ampersand

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    Leetch IMO

    Homer vote to Hatcher
     
  25. HOLDITHERE*

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    I know people get a kick out of naming obscure players and calling them the best, as it allows them to be condscending. But he asked for the best. He's not underrated, just wasn't "the best". Posts like that just ask beg for arguments.
     

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