Who do you guys think is the number 1 overall complete player of all-time. Doesn't have to be a certain era or league you are basing it on.
My choice is Sergei Fedorov because he really imo could just do it all, and when you needed a hero, he was it. He was known as the best skater in the NHL for many years, such beauty and gracefulness, casual style.
He's won fastest skater & hardest shot competitions, one of the best blue line one-timers ever, and was far superior than Datsyuk defensively. Could hit and check, and go coast to coast on the best stacked teams.
The accomplishments I value from him the most were his playoff dominance. He played F and D and won the art-ross of the playoffs in '95, most assist in '95, '96, and rocket richard of the playoffs in the '98 playoffs, also making him the 3rd player ever to have 4 consecutive 20-points years (Bossy, Trottier).
We all know have to he won the Hart, Lindsay, a couple of Selke's (he should have a couple of more), and anyone who saw the Red Wings winning their Cups knows Sergei was robbed out of at least 1 Conn Smythe.
And his World Junior Championships 88' Silver, and 89' Gold (with Bure and Mogilny), a 4-Time Olympian Silver and Bronze Medalist (turned down Torino). They hardly played Sergei and Pavel together in the Olympics which bothered me...also felt the like media were just out to hurt him many times...
The thing the I remember the most is that at one time, Fedorov was the Best Player in the World, when there was Gretzky, Lemieux, Bourque, Roy, Hasek etc, not because of Points, and Goals, or Awards. Because when he was at his best, he was the best!
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Here is a video showing off the many talents of Fedorov
It seems he was liked around the league by players ~ Fav part is Lemieux and Fedorov joking around and who knew Feds and Peter Forsberg were buds lol
In terms of people I've seen play enough to say it would be some combination of Forsberg, Federov and Yzerman (oddly enough I don't think I see Yzerman enough when discussing best 2 way players, but people always compliment him on his abandonment of his offensive game to play a 2 way game)