best hands ever

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  1. bakinturkey

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    started one these with the fastest skater now just curious on who has the softest hands from others opinions
     
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    oufff i think Kovalev ..
     
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    Mario Lemieux
     
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    A strong case could be made for Denis Savard.
     
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    Lafleur, Beliveau, Lemieux, Savard, Jagr, Bure, Kovalev.
     
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    I'd have to go with Mike Bossy.

    Great release, powerful snap shot, and ridiculously accurate.
     
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    My vote goes to Lemieux. He had hands that could match anyones in stickhandling, shooting or passing.
     
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    Pretty strong list. From what i've seen in the QJMHL, Crosby has the better hands i've seen for a junior player. Let's hope he'll take them to the NHL.
     
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    From the inner arcs of the faceoff circles to the net, Pierre Larouche was unreal. Great hands. Never interested in much outside of that area, but what hands.
     
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    milan hejduk has to be mentionned. He's insane!
     
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    He does indeed. That was the first thing I noticed about him, too.

    My vote goes to Mario, though.
     
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    Mario or Mike Bossy
     
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    Savard or Lemieux (not Claude) - I can't go beyond those two. A case could be made for Bobby Orr, but since I never saw him play, I just CAN'T answer Orr.
     
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    Have to add Gretzky, Perreault and Oates here. Oates had some of the softest passing hands the game has ever seen. Perreault's hands were often underestimated, but he had a very quick release on both passes and shots. Remember that Gretz had very soft hands around the net when he wasn't looking to pass. When he was, those fluttery passes over sticks, through feet, and past the reach of defenders found their mark far, far too often to just be luck.

    For current players Kovalev should be mentioned as should Jagr. My choices are Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. I haven't seen anyone who can switch from forehand to backhand quicker than Sundin. A lost art that. As for Sakic, well, he's in here for that wrist shot of his that exists in a class all its own.

    In a seperate category for garbage hands you'd have to look and Andreychuk and Holmstrom. If you make your living in front of the net, you need good hands because you do not have a lot of room to work with. Though it should be noted that neither of those fellows could touch a guy like Tim Kerr or the all-time world champion of goals from the top of the crease; Phil Esposito.
     
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    What about Steve Shutt then?
     
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    Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. These two had the best hands I have ever seen in a hockey player.
     
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    Robitaille has a HOF career because of his hands.
     
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    What about Kharlamov, I only saw tapes, but my god :eek: .
    Also, gretzky and Lemieux should be mentionned for this one. I think Mario had the best though.

    For current players, Kovalev is an old school russian player, I dont think anyone in the league can do what he does. Even Lemieux said as much.
     
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    Bure didn't have the pure hands of a Lemieux type, but he could do every single move at a ridiculous speed, which is what made him so damn good.
     
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    Yeah, you could probably make a case for Shutt. Shutt wasn't exclusively a garbageman though like the others and I think Lafleur had the best hands on that line. Shutt certainly had good hands but he was certainly helped by all the perfect passes he got from Flower. The same would go for Kurri when paired with Gretz.
     
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    Gretzky. Soft hands down!
     
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    Kent Nilsson.
     
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    Gotta go with Kovalev in today's game, even though he falls in love with his stickhandling sometimes and turns the puck over.

    Otherwise, the guys mentioned here seem pretty accurate to me. Can't disagree with any of them.

    Beliveau, of course, in his day was clearly the man. Lots of good stickhandlers back then though with the straight blades.
     
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    Both Lafleur and Perreault idolized Beliveau so no surprise that they worked extra hard to be good stickhandlers too....
     
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    Kjell Dahlin and Mario.
     
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