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10-21-2009, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Outside99 View Post
Kharlamov at #35 shows that the system to generate the top 100 has issues with respect to assigning rank to foreign players. Isn't he considered the best Russian hockey player of all time?

He certainly was the best player on the ice from both teams in the '72 Super Series.
In the end, the best USSR player in the series was actually Alexander Yakushev. Of course, Bobby Clarke made sure that Kharlamov didn't even get a chance (but it's hard for me to think Kharlamov could have played better or even as well as Yakushev did in the last 2 games).

And was Kharlamov better than Phil Esposito in '72? Surely more fun to watch, but better? Hmmm...

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