I think he is way WAY above Kurri. What Kurri had was a blasting onetimer and great twoway game while playing with Gretzky. Selanne did it all by himself his only real great team-mate was Kariya and we all saw when Kariya was injured Teemu really didn't need him.
Also Kurri played in the scoreful 80's and Selanne played trough the dead puck era and two lock outs AND some horrible injuries.
If there was no injuries and the first lock out I think it's safe to say he'd be pushing 800 goals by now.
I agree definitely he should be ranked ahead of Kurri. I just think Selanne is more talented.
Teemu was playing on a bad knee for a few years leading up to the 2004-05 season. During that season he decided to sign with Jokerit and undergo surgery on his knee, but didn't play due to a longer than expected rehab process.
The combination of rest, rehabilitation, and a strong workout regiment helped Selanne come back into the NHL a faster, stronger skater than he had been in previous years.
Add that to his tremendous skill, vision, and experience, and you have the making of a player who can last a long time in the NHL.
I grabbed him with the 41st pick in my draft. 41 at 41. Seemed like it made sense.
The guy's in shape, plus he's a shooting winger. Smarts can carry him longer than say if he was a center and had to carry all the responsibilities of a center. He gets in position and benefits. Like Brett Hull. And that's not a knock, those guys know how to play the game and do what they do better than almost anyone who's ever played.
He has alien blood in him. Seriously he's in great shape and still has a cannon of a shot. And the fact that he did not enter the NHL until he was 23 helps compared to entering when your 18. Less wear and tear on the body.
Last edited by Midnight Oil: 11-02-2011 at 01:02 PM.