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02-13-2011, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Ragulin wasn't the greatest skater but that didn't seem to have any impact on his puckmoving abilities. There's really no good way to say that Howell's "certainly" better than Ragulin in that regard. Pretty much, what it comes down to is whether you believe that the (approximately) 8th best offensive defenseman in the NHL is better than the best Soviet at that time.

Pretty close if you ask me.
How do we know Ragulin was the best Soviet puck mover of his time? Are there comprehensive stats for the era on SIHR?

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