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08-11-2010, 01:00 PM
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I remember reading about Paul Kariya before he was drafted and he was touted as being a sort of poor man's Gretzky as far as offensive vision was concerned.. but with some physical abilities that Gretzky did not have. For example Kariya's great skating speed.

I think the previous posters are correct in that at the time before his injury, Kariya was seen to still be improving while Selanne having started at a later age than Kariya was seen as having maybe hit the plateau.

I also don't remember Selanne being in the mix for being possibly the best player in the world at any time. Hasek and Jagr/Lemieux were all well ahead of him in that debate. Lindros as well (although he faded badly towards the end). The only claim Selanne has realistically is as a sniper.. that is one thing he definitely was tops in or close to it during the late 90s.

I have to agree though that Selanne was probably closer to those guys being considered than Modano ever was..

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