Best NHL Players By The Decade
i'll start with the
Edit: 40's Maurice Richard probably
50's Gordie Howe
60's Bobby Hull
70's Bobby Orr?
90's Mario Lemieux?
I'd still give the 90's to Lemieux, although Hasek was amazing.
Just going from the modern era (~1930-present)
The 40's is probably the toughest decade to choose for me, and WW2 doesn't make it any easier.
30's: Shore (hm: Morenz)
40's: Max Bentley? Turk Broda? Syl Apps?
60's: Beliveau or Hull, very strong arguments made either way
90's: Lemieux (hm: Gretzky, Hasek, Jagr)
The forties are tough. Maybe Maurice Richard? Milt Schmidt deserves mention - he might have it without the war.
The 30's would definitely be Eddie Shore.
The twenties are tough again, maybe Morenz?
Syl Apps is a good choice too. I think Ted Kennedy probably deserves mention as well.
The war really throws things off.
Milt Schmidt was the best player, Maurice Richard was the focal point.
10's: Joe Malone
20's: Howie Morenz
30's: Eddie Shore
40's: Maurice Richard
50's: Gordie Howe
60's: Bobby Hull (hm: Beliveau)
70's: Bobby Orr (hm: Esposito, Lafleur)
80's: Wayne Gretzky
90's: Mario Lemieux (hm: Hasek, Jagr)
2000's: Nicklas Lidstrom
What about the 2000's? That is the hardest decade. to choose... not just because it isn't over yet. Lidstrom is great but is he the best player of the decade? Brodeur perhaps? Sakic even?
How is Eddie Shore not in the 30's? He won four harts that decade.
I'm gonna try do this for the 40s/50s, let me know who I missed. Obviously some of these guys were actual stars in the 40s or 60s so there's some overlap but they all retired after 55 or played at least ~5 seasons in the 50s:
Earl Dutch Reibel
Emile Butch Bouchard
40s excluding the ones mentioned above:
Syl Apps Sr.
The best non-Oiler in the 80's was clearly Raymond Bourque. That was the word back then.
The best non-Penguin in the 90's? Hasek for peak but for the decade? ... Sakic and Yzerman I'd say.
In the 90's it's
Let's not forget about Mikita for the 60's.
10s Quick is the early leader
Lemieux has 2 Conn Smythes, 4 Art Ross wins, 2 Harts, and 2 Lindsays. That beats Hasek imo.
Lidstrom also has more Norris wins than Brodeur Vezina wins, and Lidstrom has a Conn Smythe.
Too early to tell since 2010.
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