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In their primes: Doug Gilmour or Mike Modano?

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gilmour 39 78.00%
modano 11 22.00%
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07-20-2011, 09:20 PM
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In their primes: Doug Gilmour or Mike Modano?

Who was better? I say Modano but its very close and I was a huge gilmour fan.

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07-20-2011, 09:29 PM
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Gilmour in 93 or 94 is better than modano ever was... In fact I take gilmour over modano for more than just Gilmour's huge seasons. Gilmour was just a better big game player and leader.

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07-20-2011, 09:34 PM
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Modano was great and a superior offensive player over his career but Gilmour brought a lot more to the table. In his absolute prime Gilmour was among the game's elite. I don't think Modano reached the same peak.

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07-20-2011, 09:38 PM
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They are close in many ways but it is Gilmour for me fairly easily overall. (and yes, I am biased but I try not to be )

The only things Modano did better than Gilmour was skate and score goals. Man could Modano fly in his younger days.

I see it as Gilmour peaking a fair bit higher but Modano had a couple extra "very good" seasons in comparison.

Gilmour nudges him out in several categories that really add up.

Gilmour was more tenacious, better defensively, better on faceoffs, a better playmaker, had that insane peak, was better in the playoffs (although Modano was also excellent) and I think they kind of wash in longevity.

I mean Gilmour peaked at 127 points in a season he won the Selke on an otherwise fairly mediocre team. That is some kind of height. It was amazing to see.

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Modano.

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07-20-2011, 09:43 PM
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Pretty sure Gilmour's two years before the first lockout were better than any similar stretch of Mike's career.

What constitutes Modano's prime, anyway?

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07-20-2011, 09:49 PM
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Gilmour was more tenacious, better defensively, .
Gilmour was no doubt more tenacious than Mike as that was Gilmours bread and butter. But Modano was no slouch defensively, he was very underrated in his prime during his stars cup runs playing along side Lehtinen. Id even go as far as saying his defensive game was elite, the guy was that good.

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Gilmour was no doubt more tenacious than Mike as that was Gilmours bread and butter. But Modano was no slouch defensively, he was very underrated in his prime during his stars cup runs playing along side Lehtinen. Id even go as far as saying his defensive game was elite, the guy was that good.
I think it is more like when Modano was playing with Lehtinen his defensive game was elite.

Lehtinen has 3 Selkes to his name.

Otherwise, in his prime years, I'd term Modano good defensively. In my opinion he was never at Gilmour's level in that respect. But from 96-97 to about 2003 Modano was a really good two way threat.

Before his prime years Modano was afraid to get his nose dirty and was a one way flashy player. But very exciting to watch with those wheels of his..

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07-21-2011, 12:17 AM
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Best year? Gilmour.
Best 2 years? Gilmour.
Best 3 years? Still Gilmour. (1987 is very underrated and forgotten)
Best 4 years? Still gilmour, but Modano starts to make up ground here.
Best 5 years? I might be tempted to go with Modano. Pick your 5 favourites from the 97-03 period, they stack up pretty well to Gilmour's 93, 94, 87, 92, 89 (or whatever you mighg think are Gilmour's next-best years)

Career offensive value, both are quite similar. In the sundin/savard/turgeon/hawerchuk class for production compared to peers.

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Absolutely love Gilmour, he's the kind of player I wish every kid wanted to be like on the ice.

But I think this is a great comparison. Modano was such a great player during his prime. IMO, he was the center that could really kill a team with his skating alone. He had this combination of skating, hockey sense and puck handling that made him both the best trapping center in the league and the best trap killer in the league. Amazing at using open spaces to cut to the offensive zone and amazing at blowing past 2 defenders through the middle. Underrated player, he was the system maker for the Stars and a top 5 center in the league (Forsberg, Sakic, Fedorov, Yzerman, Modano? Lindros obviously... I would say they were all pretty close)

I didn't vote, I would take both as my top 6 centers if I had to start a team from scratch.

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07-21-2011, 12:40 AM
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Even knowing everything we know about both of them, I'd probably take Modano on my team over Gilmour. Having said that, I don't think there's much room for debate on which of them had the most "productive"/"impressive" peak(/prime?). I think I have to vote Gilmour on this one.

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Even knowing everything we know about both of them, I'd probably take Modano on my team over Gilmour. Having said that, I don't think there's much room for debate on which of them had the most "productive"/"impressive" peak(/prime?). I think I have to vote Gilmour on this one.
I'm here on this one.

Gilmour had the more productive peak and for 2 seasons was such a force but when Hitch had Modano playing for that stretch, man it's close needs more thought before I vote.

Where is the tie option anyways

With a gun to my head I'd take Gilmour with those 2 killer seasons in 93-94

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07-21-2011, 06:13 AM
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The question asked for peak, I'll take 92-94 from Gilmour.

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It's not that close. Gilmour by a comfortable margin.

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07-21-2011, 07:49 AM
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Peak: Gilmour
Entire Career: Modano

I voted Gilmour but this is a very good poll, probably should be closer then most think.

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Good comparison, I think it's really close actually, but Gilmour really was the better player at his peak, and their primes are nearly even. The both of them are better players than they often seem to get credit for.

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Peak: Doug Gilmour
Entire career: Doug Gilmour

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Gilmour no doubt!

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The Hall of famer Gilmour by a good margin, not only was he better defensively, he was one of the all time great warriors in the playoffs. He was a better scorer than Modano also. Look at his 3 100+ points seasons. 105, 127, 111. Modano never broke the 100 point barrier, as good as he was. I thought Gilmour was the best fwd for Calgary the year they won the cup.

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