what about grabovski, not sure anymore, but i remember him when he came up with the habs, he used to FLYYYY
Yea,...he used to have great acceleration. Haven't seen it this year though. I have a theory on him. I've seen him get his head hit alot,..playing with the Leafs. He leans far forward....when he skates,...which leaves him vulnerable for his head to get hit often. I know he's had concussions in the past,....so maybe he has undetected concussion issues. That would explain his lack in point production,...and his lack of acceleration. That was so evidant from years prior.
In terms of in-game speed and not in a skills competition speed, then it's easily Grabner. No one touches him. He reminds me a lot of Bure (without all that talent). Bure always got beat in skating competitions by guys like Federov yet Federov could never have the acceleration that Bure had in games. Bure created a lot of breakaways for himself. This is what Grabner does. He creates a lot of breakaways for himself with that acceleration. I was disappointed that the Nucks traded him a few years ago instead of trading Raymond (who's also fast, but doesn't have Grabner's acceleration and hence can't create breakaways for himself).
From 0 to full speed in 3 strides. He was able to catch up to Kovalchuk on a breakaway despite the fact that Kovalchuk was starting from a moving position while Karlsson was from a stand-still, and Karlsson had to come from a further angle/distance.
Like it's been said, if we're talking about skills comp straight line speed, Karlsson isn't the fastest. If we're talking in-game where acceleration and agility is important, Karlsson should be #1.