Thread: Sergei Fedorov
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11-08-2012, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by trentmccleary View Post
Was he a top-20 forward over the past 30 years? Maybe.
Was he a top-20 player over the past 30 years? Nope.
Was he a top-20 forward of all time? Hell no.
Was he a top-20 player of all time? No, not even close.
I'm inclined to a degree. A lot is made of guys who could play two-way really well and had good playoff stats and it has validity (it's why Ted Kennedy was a great player than, say, Frank Mahovlich) but while a better goal scorer than either Forsberg or Trottier, what sets Fedorov apart from those two in a negative way is that he could be a bit non-committal, non-physical and sulky when he felt he wasn't getting his ice time or the money from management. Didn't always stick to being a team player.

Docks him a few points in my books but while not a first ballot HOF'er to me (if he is, how wasn't Shanahan? Not the same two-way presence but equal point producer considering he played the tougher scoring position of the wing, more rugged and a better clutch goal scorer). Fedorov's game dipped post-lockout but it's ok since he was about 36 or 37 by then. Hard to believe he will be 44 next year.

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