Greatest Collection of Teammates In A Career

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  1. Stephen

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    Simply, what player in NHL history has played with the greatest collection of teammates, as in who has been consistently surrounded with outstanding talent? Just taking a stab in the dark, but I think Nicklas Lidstrom has to rank up there. He has had the benefit of playing with Hall of Fame calibre core forwards like Fedorov, Yzerman, Datsyuk, Shanahan, old Soviet legends like Fetisov, Larionov, fantastic rentals like Coffey, Murphy, Hull, Hasek, etc consistently for nearly two decades.
     
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    Nick Lidstrom?
     
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    Haha yes, I just went to finish that thought.
     
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    Paul Coffey... easily
     
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    If I remember correctly, last time this was debated (as in "Try to build a team from a player's former teammates"), Paul Coffey was runaway winner having played in Gretzky's Oilers and Lemieux's Penguins (and later in Yzerman-era Red Wings).

    Henri Richard also has quite a quality collection of teammates.
     
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    Played w/ five of the top seven scorers ever.

    1. Wayne Gretzky (1980-1987, 1992-1993)
    2. Mark Messier (1980-1987)
    4. Ron Francis (1998-00)
    6. Steve Yzerman (1993-1996)
    7. Mario Lemieux (1987-1992)
     
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    Larry Hillman

    Larry Hillman played with the dynasty early 1950's Wings, 1960's Leafs, late 1960's Canadiens plus other teams. Teammates(no duplication):

    Goalies: Sawchuk, Hall,Lumley, Bower, Worsley.T. Esposito, Parent. Smith.

    D-men: Kelly, Pronovost, Horton, Stanley,Savard,Howell, Lapointe,Laperriere,Flaman, Boivin,

    LW: Lindsay, Bucyk, Mahovlich, Moore, Olmstead,Pulford,Lemaire,

    Center: Delvecchio, Keon, Ullman Beliveau, H. Richard,Clarke, Perreault,

    RW: Howe, Armstrong, Bathgate,Cournoyer,
     
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    What about Mike Silinger. He played almost with everyone :laugh:
     
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    Lidstrom has played for only one team. That is automatically going to rule him out of this discussion

    Larry Murphy:

    Marcel Dionne, Scott Stevens, Rod Langway, Mike Gartner, Mike Modano, Dino Ciccarelli, Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Mark Recchi, Luc Robitaille, Joe Mullen, Mats Sundin, Doug Gilmour, Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, Brendan Shanahan, Nick Lidstrom, Chris Chelios.

    It's really easy to forget that Murphy started his career in LA and later had that unfortunate stop in Toronto. It's kind of ridiculous to think that he was the major mid-season acquisition for two teams that won consecutive Stanley Cups immediately following his arrival. The last two teams to do win consecutive Cups, no less.
     
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    For a guy who's stayed with one team his entire career, it's got to be Henri Richard. I doubt anybody played with more HOFers than him. He played on the late 50's dynasty team, the late 60's dynasty, and got in a couple of years with the core that would become the 70's dynasty team. Explains why he's the all time leader with cups as a player.
     
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    What about Brett Hull?

    Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk, Bernie Federko, Adam Oates, Rod Brind'Amour, Scott Stevens, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Pronger, Wayne Gretzky, Curtis Joseph, Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Pierre Turgeon, Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman, Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Igor Larionov, Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg.
     
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    Tomas Sandstrom

    Lemieux - Gretzky - Lafleur
    Shanahan - Trottier - Jagr
    Fedorov - Yzerman - Kurri
    Robitaille - Dionne - Selanne

    Francis, Larionov, Kariya, Mullen, Naslund, Taylor, Tocchet

    Lidstrom - Robinson
    Coffey - Fetisov
    Murphy - Leetch

    Konstantinov, Blake, Zubov, Duchesne, Samuelsson

    Barrasso
    Vanbiesbrouck

    Vernon,Osgood, Richter, Hrudey

    Coach: Scotty Bowman
     
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    Ed Litzenberger team is the best. played on Habs at the start of their dynasty, captained Blackhawks in their cup win of 61, on the Wings in 61-62 and on the Leaf early 60's dynasty.


    Bobby Hull-Jean Beliveau-Gordie howe
    Ted lindsay-Stan Mikita-Rocket richard
    Frank Mahovlich=Alex Delvecchio-Bernie Geoffrion
    Dickie moore-Dave keon-Ed litzenberger

    Doug harvey-Red kelly
    Pierre Pilote-Bill Gadsby
    Tim Horton-Marcel Pronovost
    Tom Johnson

    Glen Hall
    Jacques plante
    Johnny Bower
     
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    I think Tillman takes it here, but for a go.

    Centers: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier, Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Eric Lindros, Rod Brind'Amour, Dale Hawerchuk, Doug Gilmour, Joe Thornton

    Wingers: Glen Anderson, Kevin Stevens, Mark Recchi, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Mullen, Rick Tocchet, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor, Dino Ciccarelli, Brendan Shanahan, John LeClair, Gary Roberts, Bill Guerin

    Defensemen: Larry Murphy, Rob Blake, Larry Robinson, Nik Lidstrom, Slava Fetisov, Chris Chelios

    Goalies (not as impressive): Grant Fuhr, Ron Hextall, Tommy Barrasso


    He certainly had the best group of centers as teammates, no doubt. Trottier, Hawerchuk and Gilmour stand out to me as easily overlooked.
     
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    Not including the players in question on their respective teams of team mates...

    Coffey:

    Anderson - Gretzky - Kurri
    Trottier - Lemieux - Jagr
    Lindros - Messier - Francis
    Robitaille - Yzerman - Fedorov
    Larionov

    Lidström - Fetisov
    Chelios - Murphy
    Howe - Blake
    Konstantinov

    Fuhr
    Vernon

    Sillinger:

    Näslund - Yzerman - Selänne
    Mogilny - Fedorov - Bure
    Nash - Lindros - LeClair
    Kariya - Lecavalier - Mellanby
    Tikkanen

    Lidström - Coffey
    Pronger - Howe
    Weber - McCrimmon
    Konstantinov

    Luongo
    Vokoun

    Litzenberger:

    Hull - Beliveau - Richard
    Lindsay - Mikita - Howe
    Mahovlich - Delvecchio - Geoffrion
    Moore - Keon - Bathgate
    Kelly

    Harvey - Johnson
    Pilote - Horton
    Gadsby - Pronovost
    Stanley

    Plante
    Hall

    pappyline beat me to Litzenberger, although if you want to be a stickler for details (something I admittedly haven't been when making the teams I've posted above) I believe Kelly was a forward for the time he played with him.
     
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    He has to be the #1 in this. When Henri Richard isn't good enough to make a team of your best teammates, you know you are doing something right (though Hillman has a pretty impressive collection as well).
     
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    I remember a thread a while back asking who had played with the most Hall of Fame teammates, and Larry Hillman was the answer with 40-something.

    IIRC, Chris Chelios was second.
     

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