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05-20-2013, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
John LeClair Eric Lindros Daniel Heatley
Over Tkachuk, Marleau, Spezza, B.Richards, P.Kane, Parise?

No way. Not a chance. He had a couple of high-end years (playing with Spezza, where Spezza was the better player) and has been a second-tier star or lower outside of that. Tkachuk was a dominant PF for most of the 90s, Marleau has been excellent both ways with or without Thornton and (despite the narrative and the team success/failure) has been excellent in the postseason. Spezza is one of the best offensive players of his generation; definitely a more dominant player than Heatley. Better defensively too.
Richards has as many high-end regular seasons as Heatley, and he has some very strong postseasons - including a Cup run with a Conn Smythe. Kane has an excellent postseason run with a Cup, plus multiple extremely good regular seasons and good international performance. Parise has strong international performance, good postseason performance, and multiple strong regular season offensive performances combined with very good defensive play. There's no argument for Heatley over any of them unless you're going strictly by absolute peak, in which case he still isn't the best option.

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