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01-29-2013, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Leafsdude7 View Post

Everyone knows that Gretzky was a very average skater, had an pretty accurate, but not very hard, shot and was nowhere near one of the strongest players in the league, but he had insane vision. No one saw the play quite like he did. Adam Oates was probably the closest, and he really wasn't close at all.

It's probably why people insist that Gretzky really wasn't that good, just lucky to be around so many star players. He really didn't have the tools. But man, he had one of the nicest (correction: the nicest) toolboxes ever.
Gretzky had amazing tools; he had Coffey, Kurri, Messier, Anderson, Huddy, Lowe, Nicholls, Robitaille, Sandstrom, Granato, Carson, Duchesne, Blake, Zhitnik, Hull, Pronger, and more.

Sure, not a traditional set of tools. But he wasn't a traditional craftsman.

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