Brett Hull vs. Steven Stamkos
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10-24-2012, 03:41 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Let's get one thing straight here: Hull didn't have blinding speed the way Stamkos does. Maybe there is a bit of revisionist history here but Hull had what I would describe as "capable" skating ability. He wasn't slow, he wasn't Mike Gartner either.
What got Hull those goals is his positioning, his shot and the velocity of his shot. Nothing wrong with that at all, but Hull wasn't winning any speed skating contests either.
As for him ever surpassing Hull I think it is possible but we all know just how few all-time greats maintain their goal scoring prowess. Even the best ones of all time lasted just a while on top. Ovechkin about 4-5 years ago had similar threads to the ones we say about Stamkos now. There was talk that he could break Gretzky's goal record because no one could imagine a time when he would stop scoring at breakneck speed. But it happens and it'll happen to Stamkos maybe even as early as his late 20s. It is incredibly hard to maintain 50 goal seasons year after year, regardless of era.
Right now Hull is comfortably the better player, goal scorer and clutch goal scorer. I say comfortable because Stamkos' worth and production is at a standstill right now with the lockout.
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