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11-10-2004, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by John Flyers Fan
My list, didn't break it down by position:

My criteria - essential cutoff is players that I've watched them play their best years approx. 1980 on.

None of the stars of the Habs Cup wins during the late 70's are included. The stars of the Isles dynasty are included. Most borderline player to make the list, Marcel Dionne.

Next, if a player is currently active I do not try and project the future. For the purposes of this list their careers have ended tonight.

Durability is a factor; therefore I asked myself questions such as: Would I rather have had 580 games of Peter Forsberg or 1,600 games of Larry Murphy ???

Therefore this is not a "Who was best in his prime?" list.

As you'll see very few wingers on my list. IMO the least important position on a hockey team, therefore the least represented on my list. I thought of who would I want to build a team around.

One other point, that I forgot to make. This list only considers playing careers in the NHL, as well as major international best-on-best tournaments. Therefore no Fetisov, Makarov etc. who certainly were good enough to place highly on this list

Enough with the criteria and such, now onto the list:

1. Gretzky
2. Lemieux
3. Bourque
4. Roy
5. Yzerman
6. Messier
7. Potvin
8. Hasek
9. Bossy
10. Trottier
11. Coffey
12. Sakic
13. Jagr
14. MacInnis
15. Chelios
16. Stevens
17. Hull
18. Stastny
19. Hawerchuk
20. Brodeur
21. Kurri
22. Lidstrom
23. Fuhr
24. Smith
25. Leetch
26. Francis
27. Sundin
28. Fedorov
29. Dionne
30. Howe
31. Belfour
32. Gilmour
33. Oates
34. Murphy
35. Shanahan
36. Robitaille
37. Langway
38. Forsberg
39. Pronger
40. Recchi
41. Niedermayer
42. Blake
43. Barasso
44. Richter
45. Roenick
46. Modano
47. Lindros
48. Gartner
49. Nieuwendyk
50. Lafontaine
Why the large difference between Sundin and Modano?

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