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11-06-2011, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SergeiMakarovStyle View Post
How was Kharlamov compared to Sergei Makarov?
I think its hard to compare top players from 70s and early 80s with Sergei Makarov 1986-1987. The pace of the game was alot slower in the 70s and early 80s compared to 1987.
Makarov's style was very similar to Kharlamov (he stated that when he was a young kid, one of his biggest thrills was when his older brother Nikolai, a defenseman for CSKA, brought him into the locker room and introduced him to Kharlamov), no doubt by design. In terms of skill level, it is hard to say that Makarov was much behind Kharlamov, because he was the fastest skater and best stickhandler among his CSKA and national team linemates, Krutov and Makarov. He was also noted for being unstoppable on breakaways - he would beat goaltenders so easily it was embarrassing. I would rate him just a step behind Kharlamov, which is to say that he was right there among the best Russian forwards of all time.

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