Adam Oates would be tearing up today's NHL.
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03-22-2013, 08:28 PM
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I really doubt that Crosby or Malkin are any better as playmakers. Malkin for sure is not, but of course is better at pretty much everything else.
Adam Oates may have been the best playmaker not named Gretzky, he was that good at passing the puck. Oates lacked speed, had a pretty weak shot and he did not have that kind of game breaker mentality stars are made of. While Oates was good with the puck, I don’t recall him as a dangle master either.
Crosby and Malkin are not good comparisons as they are dynamic and flashy, something which Oates never was. Adam Oates reminds more of Igor Larionov. Both were solid chess players on the ice who let the more dynamic players steal the show.
Oates in today’s NHL would not tear the league up, but he would do what he always did: quietly rack up tons of assists without people seriously considering him as one of the best players in the game (because he was not).
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