Which player had the best skillset in their prime?
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03-21-2013, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by
Eric Lindros because he could do it all.
Lindros vs. Fedorov is an interesting comparison.
Fedorov easily wins the skating and defense competition. Lindros was the better goal scorer and the more dominant physical player.
However, I find it difficult to vote for Lindros for one simple reason; Mario Lemieux.
Lindros was, overall, better defensively and more aggressive physically than Lemieux. But there is not a single other aspect mentioned by the OP that Lemieux does not have the advantage in; sometimes by a ridiculous amount. And when it comes to physical domination, it's inaccurate to state Lemieux (or Fedorov/Jagr, for that matter, but especially Lemieux) was not physically dominant. Despite not generally initiating contact or fighting much, Lemieux is arguably the most physically dominant player of the post-expansion era. With regards to physical dominance simply for offensive purposes, the "arguably" can be dropped.
And the only real argument Lindros has to be placed ahead of Fedorov is his physical dominance; meaning he has to instead contend with the virtually unstoppable Lemieux.
The goal at 3:48 is a good example of the kind of thing I'm talking about with Lemieux's strength. And of course there are all of the ones showcasing his skills.
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