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03-19-2013, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Yamaguchi View Post
To be serious, I really believe that Lemieux deserves the title of the best ever.
Ya, and you know what? You are perfectly entitled to that opinion. Remove the stats from the equation altogether. Base it on what you personally find aesthetically & artistically, from a character & talent perspective what you yourself most appreciate. Some of an older generation say Gordie Howe or even Jean Beliveau; others Orr, Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux. When I think "all round game", I dont actually think of the latter 4 at all, thinking more Howe, Beliveau, a Red Kelly, Keon, H. Richard, Lidstrom, Datsyuk etc. More temporal talents. As for "Best Player Ever", then you get into guys like Lemieux, Orr, Gretzky etc. I classify them on an entirely different plain, sets of criteria.

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