Top 10 Russian hockey players all-time(link)
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01-21-2009, 08:53 PM
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That is completely wrong. Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk, and Malkin should not even be on the list. It is more like this:
Larionov- still at the top of his game
Fetisov- same with Larionov
Yashin- yes Yashin, regardless of how he left to go to Russia.
I'm not necessarily agreeing with his list, but i don't agree with this either.
Yashin and Kozlov never reached the level that Datsyuk, Ovechkin, and Malkin are currently playing at. A strong case could be made that these are the three best forwards in the NHL right now.
And if we're only going back to '95, Larionov and Fetisov really don't belong on that list over any of those guys either. Both of them were well past their best days and as somebody who followed them closely in Detroit, they never reached the level that Datsyuk, Ovechkin, and Malkin are playing at right now during their time in the NHL.
Fedorov would definitely be near the top of the list. His play in the mid-90's was mind-blowing, with domination of all 3 zones. As exciting and electrfying as Bure was offensively, i wouldn't put him ahead of Fedorov. Bure would, however, be near the top as well. He's one of the best goal-scorers the NHL has seen.
Zubov is definitely on the list as he's the best Russian defencemen to play in the NHL (the level he played while in the NHL)...
With that being said, Konstantinov was playing at an even higher-level, but the accident changed that and his career was so short that it's really hard to compare. He had a better peak than Zubov, but Zubov's career has been the best by a Russian.
Moginly's a tougher call. He obviously had a couple of amazing offensive seasons, but he did it during an era where it was more common to put up them type of numbers, and he actually had 8 NHL season where he was under a point per game in production.
Datsyuk, Ovechkin, and Malkin would definitely be on that list.
Right now, Datsyuk is the closest thing the NHL has seen to mid-90's Fedorov in terms of complete dominance.
Ovechkin, i mean what needs to be said here. Ever since he stepped into the NHL he's been a goal scoring machine, and one of the most dangerous forwards.
Malkin has elevated his game in the last year to amazing heights. Offensively he's been dominant, and all one really needs to do is look at the numbers he has put up in the last year.
I truly believe that these 3 are currently playing at a level that maybe only Fedorov and Bure have reached at the NHL level.
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