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07-11-2012, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
I'm close to your rankings, but I would rank the top 10 most skilled as follows:

1. Valery Kharlamov
2. Pavel Datsyuk
3. Sergei Makarov
4. Sergei Fedorov
5. Evgeny Malkin
6. Vyacheslav Fetisov
7. Pavel Bure
8. Aleksandr Mogilny
9. Vladimir Krutov
10. Tie: Aleksei Kovalev/Aleksandr Maltsev

I gave Kharlamov the edge over Datsyuk because of his superior speed, balance and all-around skating ability. I left Ovechkin off because I thought that he fell short of the top 10 in skill, although I would definitely rank him as one of the 10 best Russian players of all-time.
Fetisov at #6 is an interesting choice. Don't get me wrong, I probably have him #1 Soviet hockey player all-time, but I don't know if he was among the most skilled (talking about dangling, speed, stickhandling etc.).

I like Krutov on the list, even though I bet many have an image of a 'power forward' in their head, when thinking of him. Anyway, great hands, great speed, great 1-on-1 ability.

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