Originally Posted by spiderarms
Could he play hockey? Yes at a respectable level.
But make no mistake about it, he was in a Flyer uniform to INTIMIDATE first and foremost. IMO, without the fear factor of his tactics, his ability to produce points would have been greatly reduced and saying that he could have been on a "power forward" level would be dramatically overstated.
I don't believe he had the skill level of some of the other guys mentioned in this thread. Certainly not in skating ability.
A sign of his impact on the times is that when you beat Dave Schultz
, you almost had an instant reputation around the league.
Many of his loses have already been mentioned:
(Second Fight, Loss), I believe they fought three times.
J.Bob Kelly (Two Fights when he was with St.Louis, both Loses)
(Big National TV Loss)
(Big Loss in Second fight, SAVED by Andre Dupont
I think we're about on the same page here. As often as Schultz fought, no one is going to go undefeated. The Ken Houston
fight got a lot of attention too. But that wasn't the point of Schultz' game. I'm sure a great many players were intimidated by Schultz, but I'm equally certainly damn near everybody was agitated by him.
When you look at his fight card, he took on all the tough guys, which was absolutely to his credit, but there are also a lot of all star caliber players who had no business dropping the gloves with Schultz and also Top 4 defensemen. He was a terror around the net, after whistles and such and getting a top 4 Dman into a tiring fight, agitating the goalie, that was a great tradeoff for a 3rd line winger whose spot was generally taken by someone like Hound Kelly when Schultz sat in the box. Schultz did sacrifice for the team, it was effective.