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10-28-2012, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
I'm having a hard time seeing Larionov in a top 70. Players like Alex Delvecchio, Dave Keon, and Ron Francis didn't make the list despite having tons of longevity, versatility, and hockey sense.

Malkin and Datsyuk may deserve to make the top 70 when their careers are over. Let's wait and see where they end up and gain a bit of perspective. In any case you couldn't have expected them to place on a 2009 list.
I admit I didn't see enough Delvecchio or Keon to make a judgment, but I hold Larionov in far higher regards than Francis in spite of the latter's stats. Heck, he never made the national team, while Larionov made it at the tail end of his career in 2002. Speaking of 2002: Francis and the Professor had a nice head-to-head in the SC Finals and both scored OT goals.

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