Rank these players for speed

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  1. Beesfan

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    Just trying to get a gauge for how fast some of the new guys are. I've mixed in some NHLers for comparison purpose.

    Ovechkin
    Crosby
    Kessel
    Backstrom
    Kovalchuk
    Malkin
    Brule
    E. Staal
    Gaborik
    Radulov
     
  2. WhiskeyYourTheDevils

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    its too hard to determine exactly but id say right now at top speed they go something like this

    kessel/gaborik
    ovechkin/malkin/kovalchuk
    crosby/brule/staal
    backstrom
     
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    IMO Brule is faster then Malkin. Malkin isn't faster then sid either.
     
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    ive seen gabby and kessel both live a hundred times.

    Gaborik is easily faster.
     
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    Gaborik
    Kessel
    Ovechkin
    Crosby
    Brule
    Kovalchuk
    Malkin
    Radulov
    E. Staal
    Backstrom

    I'm really not sure where Backstrom fits.
     
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    1)Kessell
    2)Gaborik
    3)Brule
    4)Ovechkin
    5)Crosby
    6)Kovalchuk
    7)Malkin
    8)Radulov
    9)E. Staal
    10)Backstrom
     
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    [email protected] anyone who thinks kessel could be gaborik in a race.

    I have gopher season tix and catch about every wild game.

    Gaborik has a extra gear kessel only dreams about. And i like kessel, but if you watched both of them play a lot you would realize it's not that close.
     
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    Are we judging top speed or acceleration?
     
  9. Vincent_TheGreat

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    I went on the assumption that it was top speed. If he wanted acceleration I assume he would have asked, and if he wanted combination he would ask best skater.
     
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    I think top speed Gabby and Kessel are close. What seperates Gaborik and makes him look faster is his strength. Kessel, at this point in time, gets tugged or bumped and it really effects him. So Kessel uses more agility going left and right and getting d men to twist and turn. Gaborik has the speed and strength to just go up the line and then if he has to can still fire with a guy on him. Kessel needs total open ice to really shoot effectavly. I still give the egde to Gabby. But not by much and in three years it will be very close.
     
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    Gaborik
    Kovalchuck
    Kessel
    Ovechkin
    Crosby
    Malkin
    Brule
    Stall
    Radulov
    Backstrom

    All of them are great skaters in their own right, however.
     
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    tier 1 - Gaborik/Kessel/Ovechkin
    tier 2 - Kovalchuk/Brule
    tier 3 - Malkin/Crosby/Staal/Radulov/Backstrom
     
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    Kessel
    Gaborik
    Kovalchuk
    Ovechkin
    Brule
    Crosby
    Malkin
    Staal
    Radulov
    Backstrom
     
  14. Jeez, you make it sound as if Kessel is a slow skater, when in reality, he'll be one of the best skaters in the NHL in the future.
     
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    this guy is a homer dont read him , before patty o'sullivan was trade he was a god , now he will not be that good

    Kessel
    Gaborik
    Kovalchuk
    Ovechkin
    Crosby
    Brule
    Malkin
    Radulov
    Staal
    Backstrom
     
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    I've seen kessel in every home game and 2 road games this year, i think i have a better feel on his skating then you perhaps. Keep in mind I love kessel as a player. This is in no way diminishing his skill set, but gaborik is quite a bit faster, acceleration wise and top speed.
     
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    You're the homer my friend....when did i say kessel wasn't good? I'm a gopher season ticket holder, who has a phil kessel jersey yet i'm a homer???

    get a life dude, and go tell us how kostitsyn is the next kovalchuk or how latendresse is the next cam neely.
     
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    :biglaugh: find where i say that ???
    oh and please people who said thing like that have to get a life
     
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    make some sense and get back to me sally.
     
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    Everyone is rating Backstrom at or near the bottom from this list of players ... is that to say that he is not a very fast skater ... or that up against these players he simply does not rank high?
     
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    All those players are very fast, so it's really not that much separating them. Keep in mind that most of the players listed are some of the top skaters in the NHL. No knock on Backstrom IMO.

    And to those who think Kessel is faster then Gaborik right now...are you on crack? Gaborik IMO is the best skater in the NHL. Very very powerful stride. Kessel is one of the best skaters in college hockey, but the WCHA is no NHL. I can't believe people think that Kessel is faster then Gaborik.
     
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    He's a very good skater but these guys are elite, though I would probably rank him before Staal and Radulov.
     
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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH......this coming from a season ticket holder of the gophers who loves kessel.

    Gaborik is at this poing WITHOUT a doubt faster and it's not really that close. Is that me knocking phil kessel????? Heck no, he's a great talent, but speed wise, he's not in the same ball park. Watch these players in 10 games each and it will be easy to recognize....I think some peopel spout off without actually breaking it down.
     
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    I believe Kovalchuk is a faster skater than Ovechkin... thats the extent of my input.
     
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    Chrisd is completely right. I also see both Kessel and Gaborik play all season long and although Phil has completely blown me out of my chair with his speed(seriously) I still think Marian is faster.

    It didnt come across that Chris was knocking on Kessel's skating either.
     

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