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03-18-2013, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by frontsfan2005 View Post
Now in reality, heres how they rank:

Kovalev vs. Gretzky
Skating: Kovalev
overall shooting ability: Gretzky (you don't score 92 goals or 894 career goals without excellent shooting ability)
hockey sense: Gretzky (miles ahead)
passing: Gretzky (miles ahead once again)
playmaking: Gretzky (again, not even close)
puck control: Gretzky (again, not comparable)
defense/checking: Kovalev (HUGE maybe, although I'll take the guy who scored 12 and 11 shorthanded goals in a season over a guy who had 9 in his entire career and was never known to be a defensive player)

Overall best skillset in their prime: Gretzky, and it's not even remotely close.
I said "most legitimate" and that's simply due to the fact that he has a physical advantage that he doesn't have over Fedorov or Lemieux. Also, I gave Kovalev the "defense/checking" category because neither were really significant defensive players, but Kovalev had the ability to be a monster physically.

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