I don't know what you're referring to as a "possession" team or how that refers to the forwards being defensive minded. What I'm referring to is "back in the day" guys like Guy Carboneau, Rick Meagher, Shawn Burr for the Wings, they were considered defensive forwards. That's why they have the Selke Trophy, because scorers didn't traditionally kill penalties or backcheck against the other teams top forwards. I don't recall it changing every few years. Since the days of Fedorov and Yzerman, most forwards are expected to play at least somewhat of a decent defensive game and sacrifice the scoring numbers to do so. I think that's why you don't see guys putting up points like they used to.
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