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03-01-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
I don't think there's any consensus that that's true.
... ah, no, I dont think there is nor would there be, that "Mario Lemieux was a "better hockey player than Wayne Gretzky" general consensus of agreement. Lemieux was far more earthbound, temporal, conscious, proto-typical like Beliveau but better than Big Jean from Centre into the Crease. Beyond dangerous, hard to handle, rangy. Gretzky on the other hand, well, he played sub-consciously, beyond the realms of any other forwards imagination, comprehension. His deceptions subtle, whereas Lemieux's were a lot more obvious & pronounced. Wayne a lot faster with the hands & stick, blades, superior vision in his prime. His smaller size was actually an advantage over Lemieux's on several levels. Not running down Mario here, depending on what kind of team you might be compiling, I just might take him over Gretzky depending on complimentary player personnel & Coaching.

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