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10-28-2012, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
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.
No Francis didn't make the national team but it should also be noted that Canada was typically loaded at Center though out his career and his skating wasn't the best fir for large international ice surfaces either.

Even taking into account the Jagr factor, Francis had by far the greater career from age 29 onwards (in which both players played in the NHL).

I think if anything the argument is better against Keon and Delvecchio
for Larinov.

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