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30. Claude Lemieux

Three things come to mind when you think of Claude Lemieux.

The first is that he was the supreme agitator, and was considered by many to be a dirty hockey player.

22. Claude Lemieux

Claude Lemieux made his first real mark in the NHL with an outstanding performance in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Habs win the Stanley Cup.  A few years later, the supreme agitator was traded to the New Jersey Devils, and a similar occurrence would happen.

Our All-Time Top 50 New Jersey Devils are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the New Jersey Devils. 

An expansion team in 1974, the Devils were originally the Kansas City Scouts, but they only stayed there for two years before relocating to Denver and becoming the Colorado Rockies.  That only lasted six years before they relocated to New Jersey to become the Devils. After a few more years of mediocrity, they adopted a defensive strategy and won three Stanley Cups, 1995, 2000 & 2003.

As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019-20 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Martin Brodeur

2. Scott Stevens

3. Scott Niedermayer

4. Patrik Elias

5. Ken Daneyko

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our more material coming soon!

As always we thank you for your support.

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174. Claude Lemieux

Claude Lemieux was known for being a playoff superstar, which he was!  He is currently fourth all-time in Playoff Games and he scored 158 Points in those post-season contests.  Lemieux is one of only ten players to have captured the Stanley Cup with three different teams (Montreal, New Jersey and Colorado), he is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and he twice was the leading goal scorer in the playoffs.  Clearly, Lemieux saved his best for when it counted but in his 1,215 career games he scored 786 Points, which is also pretty good.

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