Originally Posted by BaddaBing Badda Boom
I agree with your assessment on Wilson beating Brown. As far as bully to bully - do not think Brown would have it so with Wilson. Wilson was a tank. Not sure if he (Wilson) is hurting Brown but he certainly will not be overwhelmed.
BTW: Is there any evidence that Wilson faced guys consistently that were 6' 4" 225lbs and larger ??? - Different kettle of fish was Probie's card - even Brown faced guys his own size and bigger - that being said, do not see Brown imposing his bully self on the other bully Wilson -
Now, I take issue with your having Wilson #1 - It would certainly have been interesting to wade through a 5 fight video series Wilson/Probert - Almost a push! However, Wilson by no means faced the card that Probert faced over the years - both in number and in multiple fights with the same opponents most of which he avenged any stain on his record. So, Probie sits in the #1 spot for me based on the raw data - I mean Wilson barely had a 100 fights.
With regards to Wilson fighting big guys how about the following:
-A draw ( I would say win)
- A win
- A draw
- A Knockout win (Devastating Power)
- Multiple fights - Mostly wins and draws with only one loss
- A win.
- A win and a draw(Some say loss), I say draw.
I can go on but you get the point, these are all "big men", 6'3 or 6'4 and over at 220lbs and over.
With regards to his card, yes 100 fights is much less than Probert but his card is still loaded with excellent fighters and from multiple eras and he fought anybody and everybody who was a "heavy" during his day with the exception of Dave Brown
Big Behn was only knocked off his feet a couple of times in his career
(a Paul Baxter
blindside sucker punch and a John Wensink
hook in his rookie year which did not hurt him). Paul Baxter
was immediately beatdown twice in the same game for that punch by Big Behn.
That's a pretty impressive chin for 100 fights against top flight competition.
The key with Behn Wilson
, that NO other fighter in the NHL can make, is that he was NEVER decisively beaten by anyone. This is what sets him apart from everyone else and IMO 100 fights is enough to base an opinion on.
One thing people have to take into account, and don't get me wrong, Probert is one of my favorite fighters, but Probert's last several years in the NHL with Chicago were not his best and definitely effect my thinking in ranking him vs Wilson.
on the other hand, left abruptly from his back injury so there was no decline in his performance.
To add to things, I personally liked many top 10 guys much more than Wilson.
They were character guys, who played with intensity and who protected their teamates and did not "bully" smaller and weaker opponents.
But they were not better fighters than Behn Wilson
The popular choice would be to pick Probert or Brown but IMO, Behn Wilson
was a better fighter, but he was by no means a better enforcer than them!