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11-27-2012, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
But here, it's the opposite of what I'd expect. Holecek was ranked as like the, what, 6th most important player on these teams. Almost indifferent appeal. His own coaches, the guys that started him in these games, felt like he was a support player more than anything.
It was effectively a tie for 4th among his contemporaries

4. Vladimir Martinec 235
5. Ivan Hlinka 181
8. Jiri Holik 136
10. Vaclav Nedomansky 98
11. Jiri Holecek 97
14. Frantisek Pospisil 68

Every contemporary ahead of him was a forward. I feel like there's a tendency when making these lists to give the top spots to forwards. I know on an "all-time Sweden" list by Swedes, Forsberg and possibly even Sundin would rank over Lidstrom. Yeah, I realize Hasek finished first on this list overall, but I'm not sure that would affect the overall trend to rank forwards highly.

I also wonder if Hlinka's high spot on the list was influenced by his coaching career afterwards. THN's Top 100 list had a couple of guys who remained prominent in the NHL establishment suspiciously high.

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