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Fastest Skater: Gaborik vs. Fedorov vs. Bure?

View Poll Results: Who is the fastest skater (in their prime)?
Marian Gaborik 2 2.94%
Pavel Bure 61 89.71%
Segei Fedorov 5 7.35%
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03-19-2010, 06:15 PM
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Fastest Skater: Gaborik vs. Fedorov vs. Bure?

Was wondering what you guys thought...

Who is the fastest skater out of the 3 (in their prime)?

EDIT: Mods please correct Fedorov's name to "Sergei". Thanks.


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03-19-2010, 06:18 PM
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Tough between Bure and Fedorov. I think Bure had better acceleration but Fedorov's top velocity may have been more?

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03-19-2010, 07:02 PM
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Bure, easily, for me. Gaborik has the best first three steps in the league right now, but Bure was one of the best and fastest skaters I've ever seen in my life. I remember one goal he scored with the Rangers in overtime against the Ducks. He took the puck in our own end and went all the way up the right boards blowing past everyone and cutting to the net and tapping it home. It was glorious.

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Bure hands down.

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Gaborik might have had a chance at this if he never had any injuries. But its clearly Bure.

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Whoever it is, Gaborik is 3rd.

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Whoever it is, Gaborik is 3rd.
Really? I don't remember Fedorov in his prime, but he seemed pretty slow the last few years he played. I didn't see Bure enough to really know how he played completely, but I thought Bure was a guy that went all out all the time. Gaborik is fast in bursts but he coasts around a lot of the time.

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Its hard to tell. I remember Bure and Fedorov had a race once and Fedorov won BARELY (it was on one of my old hockey tapes), and I think they were both faster than Gaborik.

Voted Fedorov.

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Depends what you define speed, there is a quick couple step which Gaborik or Bure would easily beat Federov but a longer skate where Federov would probably compete with Gaborik. I was young when Fed's was in his prime and even Bure but from my memory of Bure on the Rangers he was similar in comparison in quickness to Gaborik but i think Gaborik takes him in longer race. Also its hard to tell as players are all faster today than 10 years ago.

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Mike Gartner.
The question was best skater, not best shot. He was a great skater, but Bure was much better, probably the best over the last 20 years.

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Depends what you define speed, there is a quick couple step which Gaborik or Bure would easily beat Federov but a longer skate where Federov would probably compete with Gaborik. I was young when Fed's was in his prime and even Bure but from my memory of Bure on the Rangers he was similar in comparison in quickness to Gaborik but i think Gaborik takes him in longer race. Also its hard to tell as players are all faster today than 10 years ago.
I agree. In terms of explosiveness, I'd say Bure had the edge on the other two, he was also the most agile and the best stickhandler, but more importantly, could do it all at top speed. In terms of end-to-end speed, I think perhaps Federov. Gaborik has a bit of a combination of the two -- he's got an amazing first step, but he's not a close-in stickhandler like Bure.

Mike Garter was unbelievably fast, wow. Teemu Selšnne before his tendon injury another guy who could not only skate like the wind, but play at top speed.

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Bure, easily, for me. Gaborik has the best first three steps in the league right now, but Bure was one of the best and fastest skaters I've ever seen in my life. I remember one goal he scored with the Rangers in overtime against the Ducks. He took the puck in our own end and went all the way up the right boards blowing past everyone and cutting to the net and tapping it home. It was glorious.
As soon as I saw this topic, I thought of this exact moment. Classic game, I was there, ridiculous speed by Bure on that play..amazing.

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Depends what you define speed, there is a quick couple step which Gaborik or Bure would easily beat Federov but a longer skate where Federov would probably compete with Gaborik. I was young when Fed's was in his prime and even Bure but from my memory of Bure on the Rangers he was similar in comparison in quickness to Gaborik but i think Gaborik takes him in longer race. Also its hard to tell as players are all faster today than 10 years ago.
Federov's last few years he was what, 36, 37, and 38? For a long time he was considered the fastest skater in the league.

Bure on the Rangers was nothing in terms of skating compared to the skater Bure was on the Canucks and even the Panthers. If he didn't run into injury problems a couple of times over his career we might be talking about some of the records he broke today.

And both played their primes in a league without the obstruction rules/enforcement of rules we have today. They'd be leading the league in points every year. I can't remember the last time this league has had a player with so much speed AND their skillsets.

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Straight away speed, Gartner > Bure. Better overall skater: Bure.

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It's scary we haven't even seen Gaborik hit 5th gear this year imo. You haven't seen those breakaways or set plays where he flies past the guy. He's been more of a perimeter player.

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It's scary we haven't even seen Gaborik hit 5th gear this year imo. You haven't seen those breakaways or set plays where he flies past the guy. He's been more of a perimeter player.
Really? He was constantly going on breakaways before he got injured/exhausted. Problem is he rarely scored on them. I don't think he's been a perimeter player. You don't get 70+ points in 60 games being a perimeter player. He's constantly around the net

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Gartner was incredibly fast, I think he won the skating comp. in the All Star break.

But for all out explosive speed with the puck, you can't beat Bure.

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Straight away speed, Gartner > Bure. Better overall skater: Bure.
The thing is, did Bure never have to skate "straight away".

He got the puck on the red line, accelerated, fired the puck and scored.


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Pavel Bure could probably have fared well in in 60 feet sprints against the best in the entire world, if that was a sport that Jamaicans and co practised.

Both parents were former athleets. His dad was the coach for a successful Soviet swimming national team. And a successful Soviet swimming national team that we now know were pumped up over their ears with 'roids. (just saying)

He worked out ridiculously hard.

When he got something to chase, he didn't even skate normally. Like if a really good skater blows away in full speed, his first 8-10 steps will be more like running steps, like you put the toe first to the ice -- so you tilt forward -- gets momentum that way -- and then after the initial accelerationphase you go into more normal deep sitting, longer strides. A poor skater, probably takes 2-3 strides like that. A great skater 8-10. The more and the longer you are taking them, the more strength you need to have in your calfs, legs, abs et c. Bures acceleration phase was probably 3x as long as Gaboriks for example. Thats what made him so insanely quick.

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