Wayne Gretzky: Generational Judge of Talent
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01-30-2013, 04:38 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Let me preface this by saying I don't believe Gretzky to be the best player ever (Orr) or the most talented player ever (Lemieux). I'm not a fanboy of his.
I think it's important to look at what his qualifiers are: Swede; Favourite
Realistically, the OP pointed out the two possible question marks in Forsberg and Lidstrom, Gretzky stated Salming, and I think people could make a case for Sundin.
But then you think out of all those guys who played a lot like Gretzky himself? Or I guess out of the Swedish players, who played more like Gretzky than anyone else? I think it's fair to look at that considering, naturally, people respond to the players that a) played like them or b) played hockey the way they enjoyed it to be played.
So realistically, who out of those guys, or others, would you expect Gretzky to say? I think it's relatively obvious that Zetterberg plays the most like he did, on a team that achieved like he did (in some respects in this day and age), so I don't really think it's crazy for him to think the way he does. Just my opinion.
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