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BYB: BORN IN THE USA

Friday, 11.16.2007 / 2:23 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BYB: BORN IN THE USA

11.16.07, 2:23 p.m. ::::


Ever since Mike Modano became the Creme de la Creme of American snipers after passing Joe Mullen's total of 502 goals and former Sabres great Phil Housley's 1,232. points, an argument has begun.

Who is the best player to ever lace up a pair of skates from the good old USA?

ESPN's David Amber tackled that question and gave his "Top 10 List of American Born Players." The list goes from tenth to first and is....

10.  Former Sabres netminder, Tom Barrasso
9. The aforementioned Housley
8. 1980 Olympic Icon, Mike Eruzione (if you don't know who this is please rent "Miracle" immediately and then chastise yourself)
7. The bold and brash, Jeremy Roenick
6. Ranger great, Mike Richter
5. Immortal, Chris Chelios
4. The aforementioned Mullen
3. Ranger/Maple Leaf/Bruin, Brian Leetch
2. Modano

And the top US player, according to Amber, is....

1. Pat LaFontaine

It's hard to disagree with the LaFontaine vote.  More than 1,000 career points and a Hall of Fame induction earned by the time concussions forced him out in 1999.  Not to take anything away from Modano - he's a great talent - but had LaFontaine not had the injury issues, he would have broken Housley record long ago.

LaFontaine's number was raised to the rafters of HSBC Arena on Mar. 3, 2006.

I do feel that Housley should have been ahead of Eruzione and Roenick.  Housley was so versatile and was overshadowed by other defensemen in his era (i.e. Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Chelios and Leetch).  Maybe I'm biased, but I think he should have been bumped a few notches.

Agree or disagree, feel free to email me.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82