Third Defensive Pairing
Brad Park is a very fascinating “what if” story. Had it not been for his prime overlapping with Bobby Orr’s, he might well be far more positively remembered. Park finished second place in the Norris Trophy voting four times in five years, finishing third in the other. Guess who won the Norris each of those seasons? Orr.
Ironically, the only reason Park was traded to the Boston Bruins was because of Bobby’s injuries. He served as a very respectable replacement for Orr, even if he didn’t spend his best years with the Bruins. Park averaged nearly a point per game with Boston, putting up 417 points in 501 games. Bruins fans never got to see Park and Orr together, but at least the possibility exists hypothetically!
Fern Flaman and Lionel Hitchman are both deserving for the last two roles. You could make an argument for both. Flaman was more offensively oriented while Hitchman was more defensively gifted. The latter was Shore’s defensive partner for most of his career. Meanwhile, the former made it to three postseason All-Star teams. However, Hitchman isn’t in the Hall of Fame while Flaman is. He can, however, lay claim to being the second NHL player ever to get his number retired.