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12-07-2012, 11:53 AM
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Evaluating the place in history of current Russian NHLers...

Obviously Russia's hockey history is rich outside of the NHL, but how exactly do we compare today's NHLers to Russia's hockey greats? And where do you guys think the likes of Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, even Datsyuk could place in Russian hockey history? Forgive me if this has been done before, but it's a topic that has always puzzled me. I don't know a whole lot about Russian hockey history, I know some major names, but I have no idea how we'd compare these current superstars to them.

Here's the top scoring Russian NHLer of all time, with current players in the top 25:
1. Sergei Fedorov - 1179 points

6. Ilya Kovalchuk - 785 points - age 29
10. Sergei Gonchar - 748 points - age 38
12. Pavel Datsyuk - 718 points - age 34
13. Alex Ovechkin - 679 points - age 27
20. Evgeni Malkin - 527 points - age 26
24. Alexander Semin - 408 points - age 28

Here's the top 6 in points per game, featuring a lot of those guys:
1. Alex Ovechkin
2. Evgeni Malkin
3. Pavel Bure
4. Alexander Mogilny
5. Ilya Kovalchuk
6. Pavel Datsyuk

To me, it looks a lot like Kovalchuk, Malkin and Ovechkin could potentially crush Fedorov's number, so where would that place them in Russian hockey history?

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