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01-02-2004, 10:18 AM
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Best decision-makers in the NHL?

Who do you think are the best players at making the right decisions at the right time without the moment of hesitation or panic that can ruin the play?

IMO the ones that really strike me are Mario Lemieux and Nicklas Lidstrom.

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Decision-making really is what separates the great from the rest. And yes, Lemieux is the best in the league in that department.

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Ilya Kovalchuk?

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Ilya Kovalchuk?
No. Kovalchuk doesn't always make the right play, in fact, sometimes he makes the absolutely wrong play. He's a great physical talent, but not the smartest hockey player in the game.

Reading these boards this year, it seems like Kovalchuk invented hockey.

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I'd say the best decision makers in the nhl are Lemieux, Lidstrom, Stevens and Brodeur.

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Lemieux is the best.

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that's the main thing that i think makes zidlicky good. he sees the play long before the puck touches his stick. timonen in is good in that way as well, but it's almost supernatural for zids.

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No one mentions the professor, Larionov?

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Pronger always seems to make the right play.

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A few that stndout beyond the obvious superstars are guys like Scott Niedermayer, Wade Redden, Ron Francis, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mark Recchi. Probably Jere Lehtinen as well.

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Jere Lehtinen. Please notify me whenever he makes a mistake or bad decision..

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Brain Leetch.....always looks like his in total control when he's got the puck.

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Lemieux is the best.
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Who do you think are the best players at making the right decisions at the right time without the moment of hesitation or panic that can ruin the play?

IMO the ones that really strike me are Mario Lemieux and Nicklas Lidstrom.
lemieux example - backbreaker goal against U.S. 2002 olympics, he foregoes the pass and lets it go to kariya (i think)

lidstrom example - 2002 playoffs, shoots that longbomb into cloutier from centre ice, game 3, in the middle of a 'sweep'

those were some pivotal decisions i think.

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Steve Yzerman is another one who deserves a mention here.

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Good pick.

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Jere Lehtinen.

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Wade Redden is one of the smarter defenseman in the league...except against the Devils. :mad:

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Jere Lehtinen. Please notify me whenever he makes a mistake or bad decision..
Game 6 2003 western semifinals; couldn't get the puck out of the zone and thus the Ducks scored the goal that ended the Stars season. Hatcher was there too...

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Lemieux has a sixth sense that alows him to make the right decision almost every time. It's like he's watching the game from above, like a video game. He knows where people are, and where they are going to be before the players themslves actually know.

And as someone mentioned, that pass that he let go through his legs to Kariya...I can't imagine that anyone else would have the decision making to actually do what he did...

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Pavel Datsyuk has got to be near the top as far as offensive decision making and vision.

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He signed a contract extention with the Stars didn't he?

Brian Rafalski used to be like this for the Devils. For his first few years, on every breakout he would just skate straight up the ice at 3/4 speed, no dekes or anything, and just when you thought the forechecker was going to steal the puck, BANG!!! a tape to tape laser beam and the rush was on. He seems to have lost that though. He's still a good offensive dman, but I miss those unbelievable outlet passes.

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Francis and Lindstrom.

Ok, got that off my chest, now I can make my Homer pick: Eric Desjardins. He is not big, not very strong, doesnt have a great shot, he is not even a very good skater. Yet he is a defensive machine. He contributes at both ends of the ice and wins one on one battles over and over against the opposing top lines. The only bad decision he has made in years was to wait for the end of the season to get shoulder surgery in 01-02.

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