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NativeHockey77* 05-05-2007 02:23 AM

Greatest Skaters EVER in the NHL
Here are my top 5. Lets also keep in mind the players in the past too cuz they had heavier and not all the high end skates as we do now but they still did better than alot of players now adays

1.Guy Lafluer
2.Bobby Orr
3.Pavel Bure

Guy Lafluer is the best skater ever in the NHL, he clocked fastest skater too with Pavel Bure just a lil bit behind him. Bobby Orr we all know how good he is and Pavel Bure was just exciting to watch, he is THE most electrifying player to ever play the game. Whos your picks for the top 3 skaters ever?

The Best modern day skater is Marion Gaborik :)

Nalyd Psycho 05-05-2007 02:27 AM

Gotta give props to Mike Gartner.

DarkShark* 05-05-2007 02:42 AM


FissionFire 05-05-2007 02:49 AM

In his younger days, Fedorov was pretty great simply because of the things he could do at top speed.

Zoo 05-05-2007 03:42 AM

Coffey should be up there ..... damn he was smooth

100mph slapshot 05-05-2007 03:52 AM

Acceleration: Pavel Bure
Top Speed: Mike Gartner
Overrall: Paul Coffey

Maelmoor 05-05-2007 05:52 AM

Gartner in my opinion but then I never saw guys like Orr play

Paxton Fettel 05-05-2007 07:33 AM


crashthenet 05-05-2007 07:53 AM

Afinigenov is fun to watch. When I was a kid I loved watching Bob Bourne. Hats off to Scott Neidermeyer as well

Oilfan in Calgary!!! 05-05-2007 07:57 AM


Rmac22 05-05-2007 08:26 AM

Mike Grier has mad wheels.

Afinogenov too.

pappyline 05-05-2007 09:00 AM

Bobby Hull was the fastest ever. clocked at over 29MPH.

VanIslander 05-05-2007 09:06 AM

Jonathan Sim ... there is no direct correlation between speed and HHOF status. None.

shuriken 05-05-2007 11:58 AM

Are we talking about acceleration? Top-speed? Do good stuff at the same time as maintaining a high speed? Good on the turns? There are a lot of factors we have to clear out first, then vote for the premium one. Right?

Lowetide 05-05-2007 11:59 AM

Bobby Sheehan should be in this conversation. Cournoyer too.

NativeHockey77* 05-05-2007 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by pappyline (Post 9183546)
Bobby Hull was the fastest ever. clocked at over 29MPH.

actually Guy Lafuer has the highest clocked NHL skating speed, Bure came 2nd. they both came within decimals of eachother in 30 mph but Lafluer was a bit faster

Form and Substance 05-05-2007 12:44 PM

Games speed I say Bure was faster. He never really gives it his all in those speed competitions. Bob bourne and Jason Chimera too are hella fast. And I totally agree with the poster who says that speed and greatness are two completely different things.

NativeHockey77* 05-05-2007 12:50 PM

does anyone remember Pavel Bure at the Nagano Olympics for Russia? the way he was playing he should of also competed for speed skating! lol jk but yeh his breakaway spead in that tournement was outstanding (im talking about the game where he scored 5 goals at the Nagano Olympics)

Wetcoaster 05-05-2007 02:54 PM

Gene Carr.

According to many observers the fastest NHL skater may well have been Gene Carr (son of Leafs great Red Carr). A number of pundits have chosen him over such flyers as Cournoyer and Orr. I saw Gene play a number of times over the years and I would have to agree.

Gene was drafted 4th overall by the Blues in 1971. He was injured badly in a car accident after his second year after a trade to the Rangers and was never the same again sustaining severe head and back injuries when the cab he was in was hit in NYC.

Another incredibly fast skater was Willie O'Ree - the first black NHL'er. I saw him play in the old Western Hockey League (after his NHL career) with the Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls. He could just flat out fly.

Bring Back Bucky 05-05-2007 05:38 PM

Nobody was smoother than Paul Coffey, and no one crossed the blueline with any more momentum than Glen Anderson.

John Flyers Fan 05-05-2007 05:50 PM

There is a difference between greatest skater and fastest skater.

The four best skaters I've ever seen in no particular order: Slava Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov, Paul Coffey and Scott Neidermayer.

canuckulous 05-05-2007 06:51 PM

Brian Boitano :sarcasm:

YoungJames 05-05-2007 07:23 PM

As Herb Brooks said it:
"Doing skating drills with Reijo Ruotsalainen is like teaching Picasso how to paint."

XploD 05-05-2007 08:54 PM


Originally Posted by John Flyers Fan (Post 9187818)
There is a difference between greatest skater and fastest skater.

Can't agree with you. Skating in this sense is about going fast. The difference lies more in what you call fast (e.g. with the puck, in game speed, fastest lap, top speed, acceleration). I don't think the term "greatest skater" has anything to do with how elegant and effortless you make it look.

sarge88 05-05-2007 09:02 PM

Ron Flockhart

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