but after totally skilled players with no defense... such as Lemieux, Gretzky or Howe... Eric Lindros is the greatest player of all time. Nobody in history actually combined all the skill he did. Sniping, defensive skills, fighting, hitting, passing, skating and deflecting in front of the net... Nobody had the ability to do what he did on every aspect of the game. I think like Bobby Orr's knee injury, it's a shame Lindros never really got more than 6 years out of his real prime years. But there will never be a better all around player that could dominate at every aspect of hockey. Yes Gretzky was the best scorer, passer... Yes, Lemieux had the hockey sense and made Jagr a star, while winning 2 cups... Yes, Howe could score and fight... But I still believe nobody has ever held all the skills in such high ability, from every aspect of the game than Lindros did. As a player, he might not have scored as much as Wayne or Mario, he might not have fought like Probert or Domi, threw the hits like Hunter or Laos, never skated like Coffey or Bondra... never had the highlight reel goals like Lemieux or Jagr... but all around, I don't think any player held everything he did.