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Thornton vs Forsberg

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Joe Thornton 15 25.86%
Peter Forsberg 43 74.14%
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11-30-2012, 03:47 PM
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Thornton vs Forsberg

In their primes, who was the better player?

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Forsberg because of playoffs and two-way game

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11-30-2012, 03:58 PM
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Have to go with Forsberg on this one.

Albeit Joe in his prime would have been nice to see in the DPE. Big, gritty and great playmaking.

I think Forsberg has small but clear edge in basically every category except goal scoring.

Physical, playmaking, defensive and "clutch".

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Have to go with Forsberg on this one.

Albeit Joe in his prime would have been nice to see in the DPE. Big, gritty and great playmaking.

I think Forsberg has small but clear edge in basically every category except goal scoring.

Physical, playmaking, defensive and "clutch".
Joe put up 36 goals and 101 points in the DPE, 2003. I'd argue he hit his prime that year.

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Joe put up 36 goals and 101 points in the DPE, 2003. I'd argue he hit his prime that year.
True, i missed that. He did in fact hit his prime/peak in the end of DPE. Three years earlier it would have given us better value on how he would have done against Frosberg.

Both have similar kind of assets in their game. Joe would have undoubtedly been great player in years 1999-2004 but he never played those games in his peak. Forsberg did.

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Thornton but wont be surpised when Forsberg wins. HF loves there Forsberg.

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Forsberg but it's close, good poll.

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Good poll. Went with Foppa.

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Have to go with Forsberg on this one.

Albeit Joe in his prime would have been nice to see in the DPE. Big, gritty and great playmaking.

I think Forsberg has small but clear edge in basically every category except goal scoring.

Physical, playmaking, defensive and "clutch".
Forsberg was remarkable consistent throughout his career in scoring assists but at their best, Thornton was the better playmaker.

This is a tough poll for comparing primes, skill wise they're probably similar offensively and Forsberg is obviously better defensively, but it's hard to ignore the fact that Forsberg never really had a stretch of seasons where he was consistently one of the league's top scorers because he was so plagued by injury. From 1995-1996 to 1998-1999 he was 3rd overall in scoring, but well behind Selanne and Jagr, I'd say his prime was actually in the early 2000s but unfortunately he was never healthy for a consistent stretch. Whereas from 2005-2006 to 2008-2009 Thornton scored more points than anyone else, more than Ovechkin or Crosby.

I think I'll go Thornton, however it definitely could've been different if Forsberg was healthy for a few years during his true prime. Good poll though, definitely made me scratch my head for a while.

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forsberg, playoffs, that is all.

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It's such a easy answer wich is Forsberg. Forsberg is a Winner and Thornton is not.
Thorton never shows up when it counts like the playoff.

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This is one of those cases where I wouldn't even bother attempting to compare stats. I've watched these two play a lot throughout their careers and being a huge fan of playmakers, it comes as no surprise that I'm a fan of both of them.

With all of that being said, this should be a no brainer. I truly wouldn't understand how anyone who thoroughly watched these two throughout their primes could pick Thornton. Forsberg had the "it"/battle factor. The bigger the stage, the better he played. Thornton is a better playoff player than his reputation would perceive IMO, but this is simply a terrible comparison for him.

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Forsberg, but nostalgia is making people think that the gap between them is bigger than it actually is.

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Biggest thornto fan, saying forsberg. But forsbergs injuries makes this a lot closer then it probably should be.

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