Most underrated hockey players of all time
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02-04-2013, 12:48 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
I've been watching the '74 WHA vs. Soviets Summit Series. Reminded me how great Alexander Yakushev was, yet today he's totally overshadowed by Kharlamov (of course), Firsov, Mikhailov, Maltsev, Balderus, the KLM line. For great Russian players that didn't play in the NHL his name doesn't seem to come up. The Big Yak was the leading Soviet scorer in both '72 and '74 Summit Series. In 37 games against Canada he scored 28 goals! Named best forward by the IIHF in '75. Yakushev just doesn't seem to get the props today. Perhaps not being on those great CSKA teams hurts his legacy but holy smokes was he good. His centreman, Spartak teammate Vladimir Shadrin was a fine two-way player as well.
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