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Scott Stevens in Historical Context

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

As a New Jersey Devils fan since back in their awesomely hideous Christmas Tree jerseys, I became accustomed to watching greatness every season. When No. 4 was patrolling the blue line and padding Martin Brodeur's career stats my Devils always were a legit threat to make another run for the cup.

The causal hockey fan may have only seen the impressive Sportscenter clips of Stevens obliterating opposing forwards entering the zone and thought of him as a thug, but there was a whole lot more to his game than the highlight reel hits. 

His career started off with a bang, an 18-year-old kid who never played a minute in the minors scored in the first game on his first shot. As a rookie he helped the Caps reach the playo...

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