Should also be noted that the person that came closest to breaking Gartner's record is Scott Niedermayer.
1992 Sergei Fedorov 14.363
1993 Mike Gartner 13.510
1994 Sergei Fedorov 13.525
1996 Mike Gartner 13.386
1997 Peter Bondra 13.610
1998 Scott Niedermayer 13.560
1999 Peter Bondra 14.100
2000 Sami Kapanen 13.649
2001 Bill Guerin 13.690
2002 Sami Kapanen 14.039
2003 Marian Gaborik 13.713
2004 Scott Niedermayer 13.783
2005 No Season
2006 No Game - Olympic Year
2007 Andy McDonald, Anaheim 14.03
I grew up with a guy who went ahead of Iginla in the draft, and flopped badly. Steve Kelly was the guy. We played a ton of floor and road hockey, and watched them play a lot, and I swear he had two buddies from his hockey team that had equal, or better hands, vision, work ethic, and neither guy was small. One ended up in Europe and the AHL, the other played some Junior and got a job. Steve was chippy, so that helps, but it was exclusively his skating that got the scouts and hockey world excited.
Does anyone remember him, and where would you rank his skating, if you do remember him?
Datsyuk is a great example of an excellent skater who doesn't have great speed.
Datsyuk's a very skilled skater. He doesn't have great speed or power, but his edge work is some of the best that I've ever seen. The way he's able to cut, stop-and-go, and move laterally with great balance are huge reasons why he's such a great puck handler. But his lack of top end speed excludes him from this type of discussion.
In regards to Fedorov, I agree that he didn't have the acceleration that Bure did, but then again, has anyone had Bure's acceleration? What Fedorov had was elite top end speed with a ton of power. IMO his combination of speed and power as a skater was almost unparalleled.
Lindros was a fantastic skater. Not the fastest, but very smooth, especially for the size.
Yeah, I was just thinking about how fast Lindros was, and not just for a big man. If I recall correctly, he liked to do lots of turn-overs, eg two and two in order to go in a forward direction.
Perhaps this should be in a thread by itself, but who was a better skater, Lindros or Lemieux? I'd give the edge to Lindros, although Mario showed how quickly he could go vs Minnesota - like three strides and he went from his own zone to Jon Casey.