Phil Esposito A no-brainer, really. Even though he could skate reasonably fast when he wanted (he didnÂ´t want very often!), his technique was horrible. But luckily for him he could pass and, of course, score. Hard to imagine him making it big today with that skating though. Brad Park I have seen him only in the Summit Series, but in that at least he looks slow and Soviet guys like Zimin and Kharlamov (in the 2nd and 3rd game, respectively) just blow past him on a breakaway. Great offensive defenseman though. Mike Bossy Well, maybe his skating wasnÂ´t that bad, but nothing to write home about either. But it didnÂ´t really matter, did it? "Trottier passes... Bossy shoots... HE SCOOOOOOORES!!!! Bobby Clarke Very limited skating ability, but he did so many things: forechecked like hell, won face-offs, made great passes and broke ankles (ooops!)... But no question, one of the best players of the 70s and even Kharlamov had nothing but praise for Clarke in his autobiography. Aleksander Ragulin Not a very well known Soviet player in Northern America, but from my Finnish viewpoint a top-10 European defenseman of all-time without a doubt. Made good passes and you just didnÂ´t want to mess with him. Still the strongest hockey player of all-time, I believe... but boy was he a slow skater! Vladimir Petrov Probably the best European center of the 70s but skating really wasnÂ´t his forte, so to speak. He made up for his big slapshot, good stickhandling and nice passing. He was very strong too and probably the top face-off man and forechecker of his time in European hockey.