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03-29-2013, 03:46 PM
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I just visited hockey-reference's "Elo Player Ratings" page, and thought it was worth sharing for kicks.

The way it works: H-R's database spits out two names, and the user simply makes a binary choice between them. The players are ranked based on the number of matchups they "win". The fine details are here: http://www.hockey-reference.com/about/elo.html

Bottom line: this ranking is a good litmus test for general public understanding of this topic, as it relies almost entirely upon the user's ability to rank historic players "correctly". Player stats are provided to the user, so it's a fair guess that statistics also have an influence over the results.

As of 3/29/13:

1. Bobby Orr
2. Nicklas Lidstrom
3. Denis Potvin
4. Raymond Bourque
5. Scott Niedermayer
6. Paul Coffey
7. Scott Stevens
8. Larry Robinson
9. Brian Leetch
10. Larry Murphy
11. Eddie Shore
12. Al MacInnis
13. Serge Savard
14. Borje Salming
15. Chris Chelios
16. Guy Lapointe
17. Chris Pronger
18. Doug Harvey
19. Zdeno Chara
20. Rob Blake
21. Brad Park
22. Mark Howe
23. Gary Suter
24. Phil Housley
25. Tim Horton
26. Pierre Pilote
27. Doug Wilson
28. King Clancy
29. Marcel Pronovost
30. Rod Langway
31. Sergei Zubov
32. Sergei Gonchar
33. Steve Duchesne
34. Mathieu Schneider
35. Fern Flaman
36. Jacques Laperriere
37. JC Tremblay
38. Harry Howell
39. Brian Rafalski
40. Lionel Conacher
41. Reed Larson
42. Carol Vadnais
43. Jean-Guy Talbot
44. Glen Wesley
45. Randy Carlyle
46. Allan Stanley
47. Kevin Hatcher
48. Bill Gadsby
49. Dave Babych
50. Sandis Ozolinsh
51. Teppo Numminen
52. Eric Desjardins
53. Ed Jovanovski
54. Butch Bouchard
55. Roman Hamrlik
56. Earl Seibert
57. Ian Turnbull
58. James Patrick
59. Dan Boyle
60. Rob Ramage
...
69. Tom Johnson
70. Kevin Lowe
71. Bill Quackenbush
...
80. Ching Johnson
...
84. Art Coulter
...
88. Ken Reardon
...
97. Carl Brewer
...
106. Jack Stewart

Numerous of our top-60 players were not listed due to a lack of meeting the NHL-based criteria (most prominently Fetisov).

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