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10-18-2012, 11:35 PM
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I voted Francis. It is close and to be honest Gilmour at his best did more than Francis at his best but the issue is Dougie never had a great season - or one that stood out - after 1994 when he was 31. Francis thrived in his 30s and was consistently a high point producer even in his 20s peaking at 101. Even as late as 2002 when Francis was 39 he took a team to the final and was a top 10 scorer in the NHL. Gilmour was more or less an afterthought by 2002 and had been on quite the decline by then even though he did fine in the 2002 playoffs.

The thing with Francis is that it is tough to gauge his prime. Dougie's is 1993 and 1994 no doubt. Francis had 90 point seasons in the 1980s and 101 in 1990. Then two years as a Cup champion in which he was a classic second banana (nothing wrong with that) and high point totals on his team and throughout the NHL up until 1998. Really he didn't have much of a lull in his career while Gilmour had gaps which hurts him.

Francis and Gilmour were relatively even defensively. Same with offensively if not an edge to Francis. Both were good leaders but Gilmour illustrated the ability to carry a team on his shoulders while Francis had Mario in Pittsburgh and a less memorable run in 2002. Give the edge to Gilmour in the postseason but longevity and consistency to Francis.

Lastly, even if you hate hearing this, Gilmour left two franchises in shambles when he left and despite being adored by Leaf fans to this day he only lasted 5 years there. It was hard to identify a franchise with him.

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