Thread: Sergei Fedorov
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11-14-2012, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by porknbeans1000 View Post
Jagr basically trumps Fedorov in terms of regular season success and I will defer to others on playoff performance. How do the attitude problems bear on the issue? Both sulked at points in their career, but you never get the feeling that Fedorov was "dying alive"
Jagr did have his issues especially in his last season in Pittsburgh (he still won the Art Ross and was 3rd in goals and 1st in assists that season) and his Washington tenure but despite this, Jagr still continued his streak of 15 straight 30 + goals seasons (tied for NHL record) and 15 straight 70 + Pts seasons (NHL record).

Jagr also did bounce back and had a great run with the Rangers. With Jagr even when he wasn't giving it a 100% effort, you still got more out of him and that was due to his overall physical attributes. He was a great skater, had phenomenal vision, size, freakish strength, legendary stickhandling skills and he could finish his own plays or set up players with the very best of them historically.

Sure Fedorov had better defensive instincts and was a bit faster (there is a Youtube video in the 1994 All-Star game that shows Jagr actually beating Fedorov at the speed contest) but outside of that he had nothing on Jagr.

Jagr could win on talent alone. Fedorov was exceptionally gifted himself but not to the same extent as Jagr.

In terms of pure physical talent, Jagr is probably top 5 all-time along with Orr, Lemieux, Bobby Hull and Bure.

I think Jagr's attitude problems are bit more documented and maybe a bit more exaggerated but it also detered him less than Fedorov. Fedorov's time as an elite player was basically done after 2002-03. Jagr had a 123 Pts and 96 Pts seasons just as recently as 2005-06 and 2006-07.

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