I voted for Jean Beliveau. To me he is the greatest player I ever saw play. No disrespect to greats like Orr, Gretzky or Lemeiux. But if i was starting a franchise today and could pick any player to build around it would be Big Jean.
I would rank him in the top 5-6 in overall talent but when you added up the intangibles like character, class, leadership and the ability to win - Jean Beliveau would be the greatest I ever saw play.
My favorite all time player that I enjoyed watching play was the ( Gumper ) and loved his humur after the games .Now the best palyer of all time that i saw play .Was Toe Blake . I also loved the Rocket but he came across as a Hard Ass when intervied after games . Now lets add in Doug Harvey as my best D man I've ever seen play . Another player who should be on the list is Guy Lapoint .All these guys were super to watch but again the Gumper was worth the price of the ticket any time