Gaborik might be the quickest, but in a pure foot race, no shot.
He picks his spots. He can't be like Hagelin, who goes 100% on every shift. He needs to conserve energy so that he can make the most of when an opportunity arrives. Look no further than his 40th goal this year vs. Boston.
Some people seem to not realize Gaborik's speed because he's such a great skater. What I mean by that is Gaborik has such a good stride, it looks almost effortless. It's really almost perfection, there is no uneccessary movement. He just explodes and the only way you can tell is to see how he blows by guys. There's a reason the players vote him as best and fastest (two different votes) skater every year.
Gaborik explodes past forwards and defenders. He accelerates to full speed in a flash and catches d-men and forwards flat footed and by surprise. And then he usually does something dangerous with it. I think that's why there is this notion amongst players that he the fastest or one of the fastest. He leaves that impression.
But there's no chance he does well in a foot race amongst the top speedsters. Hagelin would smoke him.