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08-10-2009, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Kyle McMahon View Post
I suspect Mikhailov and Vasiliev are the two top-100's being referred to.

I don't think there's all that big of a gap between Fetisov and Vasiliev as far as defensemen go, but in terms of offense obviously Fetisov would have been a big advantage as you've stated.

From all I can gather, Kharlamov is considered the greatest Soviet hockey player by the Russians themselves. They should know a lot better than myself, so I'll take their word for it until I see a really convincing case for someone else. The fact that Tretiak's MVP voting record is so much better has made me think about moving him ahead, but as it stands I still have Kharlamov first.
My thoughts exactly. As for Tretiak's MVP voting record, I think at least part of that is that he was far better than every other Soviet goalie, so he stood out more in comparison. For some reason, the USSR/Russia has never been as good at developing goaltenders as it has been at the other positions.

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