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08-11-2010, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ck26 View Post
Jagr, Forsberg, Selanne, Kariya and healthy Lindros were unquestionably the most situationally dominant skaters of the era. But Dom Hasek? Rob Blake? Chris Chelios? Joe Sakic? Steve Yzerman? Sergei Fedorov? Where are these guys? Your list has loads of YouTube dominance, but it's hard to compare those types of players to Sakic or Modano. It's just apples and oranges. '97-'99 was right smack-dab in the middle of one of the grind-y-est eras in hockey history ... how could Jagr, Forsberg, Selanne and Kariya be the best players in the world?

Modano in his prime went with Yzerman, Fedorov, Forsberg and Sakic as the best all-around forwards in hockey. The eye test says Modano wasn't as good as Fedorov, and the resume pales in comparison to Sakic and Yzerman. But the rest?Nobody's arguing that Modano was a more elite scorer; just a better all-around player.
Easy. The "grindy" players were Leclair, Shanahan, Tkachuk etc. They weren't the best in the world and everyone knew it then and should know it now. Even in the clutch and grab era Jagr had to contend with the same holding as Shanahan did. Who do you think was faster? Selanne or Leclair? There's your reason. Even in the dead puck era the faster guys with more skill produced more and were still the more dangerous players

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