"The Next One", just a thought.

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  1. Heat McManus

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    With all the hype about the next two drafts and Crosby and Ovechkin, I've been seeing a lot of questions about "Which one is 'The Next One'?". "Who will be the next Wayne Gretzky". In my opinion there will never be another Wayne Gretzky.

    I'm not putting Wayne on an untouchable plain here. I do believe eventually somebody will break his records. Maybe not for a long long time, but eventually it could happen.

    What I'm saying is that Wayne Gretzky was not "The Next Gordie Howe". He was the first Wayne Gretzky. In all the interviews I've seen and articles I've read, it seems like both Sid and Alex are content to be the first Crosby and the first Ovechkin.

    I hope when these guys get here they are not crucified for simply playing hockey and not being the "Next One"
     
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    People don't necessarily mean that they will literally be like gretzky. They think he may reach the level of play that gretz reached.

    No one compared gretz to howe because gretzky was far greater than howe.
     
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    Nobody can break Gretzky's records in today's NHL. Wayne Gretzky couldn't beat Wayne Gretzky's records in today's league.
     
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    i know i don't even care about the numbers. i just want to see another player as good as gretz or mario.
     
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    Can't you be content with guys like Forsberg and Jagr, ect.? It's too much pressure to place on a young prospect to be the next Mario Lemeuix or Wayne Gretzky. I'd be prefectly happy if Ovechkin becomes the next Forsberg or what Jagr used to be before he cut his hair and got lazy.
     
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    i was just rationalizing what most people mean when they say "the next one"

    i'd be more than happy if ovechkin/crosby became as good as forsberg and jagr.
     
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    how many times can the same thing be said over and over again? This has to be atleast the 20th post in the last year that said this same meaningless unimportant babling!
     
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    So would I. We'll see which is which. ;). Crosby has a lot of proving to do. Ovechkin has proven himself more so far.
     
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    I agree. Ovechkin is more proven.
     
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    When we think of the greatest players of the game we tend to think of Orr, Howe, Gretzky and Lemieux at the top. All people want is the next in line, another player who can be listed up with those 4 as the best of the best, people who redefined the game or played the game at an incredibly high level. I don't think it's far fetched at all that another player will come along who will put himself at the level of those guys. It doesn't take pure numbers to do it, it takes separating yourself from the rest of the NHL. When people say the next Gretzky, I don't think they mean a Gretzky clone. They mean a guy who is far and away the top player, someone everyone else knows is a step ahead of everybody.
     
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    Anyone tired of reading the same post over and over about who's gonna be the next one? what ever happened to Spezza being the next one
     
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    That is ridiculous!
     
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    How so?
     
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    Crosby has more than proven himself at every level .He's the first 16 year
    old to ever lead the Canadian Hockey League in scoring .He lead last years
    worse team in the Q to a divisional title and a bye in the playoffs. Not to
    mention he missed almost a month of play and his team only won 1 game in
    11 while he was gone.I don't think there's much more he can do to prove
    himself.
     
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    Neither has recorded a single point at the NHL level, so neither is proven at any level.

    But the point can be argued that Ovechkin has done better at his level. Crosby is lighting up people 18 and 19 years old while Ovechkin is scoring at a nice pace on the third/fourth line of a men's league.

    Two different situations and we won't know how it ends up for another 10 years so I'm not going to try to take sides.

    Whoever gets Ovechkin and whoever gets Crosby will be very happy, both teams.
     
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    Yeah right!
     
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    Well, I think you may be just a bit bias. But that is just me.
     
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    Crosby has done nothing outside Canada or against anyone but children. Ovechkin has, so....
     
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    This "Next One" stuff is so tiresome it's not even funny. And it's going to start all over again next year once some of the shine wears off Crosby (just like this year with Ovechkin) and all of the younger-is-better crowd start riding Alexander Vasyunov's jock for the next 2 years.

    lather-rinse-repeat
     
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    How old is Vasyunov?
     
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    I'm not willing to say no one will be better than Gretzky, or even break his records.


    Never is too strong of a word.


    It is probable that they will stand for a long time, but who knows what will happen to hockey down the road. Prior to Gretzky, no one really thought he'd break the records he did.

    I'm just glad I got to see him play a few times.
     
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