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07-12-2011, 09:33 AM
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Yakushev72
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post
This is difficult because we're comparing different eras AND leagues. Also, do we put more emphasis on career or peak value?

What about someone like Ovechkin? He's been average for the national team but already during his short career has widely been considered the best player in the game on numerous occasions.
For instance Maltsev had a better/more successful career, but at no time was he ever a better player than Ovechkin or Bure.

I rank higher for peak performance (but that level of play must be sustained for a reasonable number of years)

1. Fetisov
2. Kharlamov
3. Firsov
4. Tretiak
5. Makarov
6. Ovechkin
7. Fedorov
8. Bure
9. Mikhailov
10. Vasiliev
I agree with Zine. This seems to be the correct balance of the best players, including all the generations from the '60's to the present time. I am glad to see Boris Mikhailov and Valeriy Vasiliev on the list, because they are, in my mind, two of the very best, and the same time, most underrated Russian players of all time.

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