Your top 10 playoff performers of all-time

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  1. Big Phil

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    Rank them from #1-10.

    Gretzky
    Roy
    Richard
    Sakic
    Beliveau
    Messier
    Bossy
    Howe
    Lemieux
    Anderson

    HM hated keeping him out of the top 10: Lafleur, Yzerman


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    Can't really top that.

    Maybe Kurri over Anderson?
     
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    i don't like ranking players from different eras, but it seems strange to me if 9 of 10 are scoring F's, and 6 of 10 are scoring F's from last 30 years. only 2 of those players did not play in the '80s.

    imo, forsberg was better in the playoffs than sakic.

    i would probably put potvin before bossy.
     
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    Clarke, Trottier, Potvin
     
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    Clarke (Bobby, right?) doesn't really have the reputation of being a legendary playoff performer; Bernie Parent and even Rick MacLeish are often mentioned before him, when there is talk about the key players in the 1974 and 1975 SC finals.

    Still, I have to say that in the few games I've seen (1974 SC finals and some others), Clarke has looked terrific.
     
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    Gretzky
    Howe
    Richard
    Roy
    Geoffrion
    Beliveau
    Bossy
    Harvey
    Bobby Hull
    Pilote
     
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    Gretzky
    Richard
    Beliveau
    Roy
    Howe
    Bossy
    Harvey
    Potvin
    Geoffrion
    Orr
     
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    Fedorov deserves at least a HM. I know he was often underwhelming in the regular season but in the playoffs, hardly anyone could stop him.
     
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    Sure no winner but Claude Lemieux is a (playoff) beast for me. A guy who hardly put togheter a couple of 70+ points seasons was soooo clutch. He really step up his game in the postseason and his resume of 4 SC and one Conn is good proof of his stellar playoff performance.
     
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    Gretzky
    Roy
    Richard
    Howe
    Orr
    Lemieux
    Bossy
    Dryden
    Beliveau
    Messier

    ...shocked to see a few lists without Orr on them.
     
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    I would have to go with Anderson over Kurri come playoff time

    Agreed Lemieux seemed to take his game to a whole different level in the post season...won cups on 3 different teams and a former Conn Smythe trophy winner
     
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    Even though Forsberg was such a dominant all-around playoff performer, Sakic was far, far more important to Colorado's 2 Stanley Cup runs than he was. There's obviously no question about 1996, but also don't forget about 2001, when Sakic carried that offense for the final two rounds, after Forsberg's spleen injury, and stuck the dagger in the Devils during Game 7 of the Cup Finals. Plus the 8 playoff OT goals. Forsberg might have been slightly superior in their playoff careers, but Sakic was best when it mattered most.
     
  13. Gretzky
    Howe
    Harvey
    Lemieux
    Orr
    Forsberg
    Beliveau
    Roy
    Sakic
    Richard

    HM: Messier, Fedorov, Lidstrom
     
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    For an honorable mention as of now I'd say franzen. If you look at this guys pts per game in the season and then compare to the playoffs he's always stepping his game wayy up in the playoffs. He's only got 1 cup though and no con smythe but when its all said and done its not hard to believe he could have a few cups and a con smythe
     
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    Agreed on that one, Forsberg was a beast too, but Sakic was just too dominant and put up way to many big numbers to be ignored.

    Yeah I thought of Orr too, the problem was he's got 1970 and 1972. Not to mention playing pretty good in 1974. That's pretty much it. It's why I almost didn't include Lemieux on the list. He had too many years of being injured/missing the playoffs but his 1991 and 1992 years just put him over the top. Orr falls into the category of not having the body of work compared to the other greats.

    The only thing is you often didn't know which Claude Lemieux you'd end up getting. 158 playoff points is nice, but he played in 234 games which is a 0.67 PPG. Lemieux was hit or miss.


    By the way I love Geoffrion added on some people's lists. I have no problem with him being up there.

    Another name I'll drop that I haven't seen yet is Turk Broda. Arguably the best playoff goalie of all-time outside of Roy.
     
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    Gretzky
    Howe
    Roy
    Richard
    Beliveau
    Lemieux
    Orr
    Potvin
    Bossy
    Lafleur

    This is precisely why I consider Gretzky to be the best player of all time, whether on the basis of peak performance or career performance. Every single response so far has Gretzky at the top of the list, and I don't really think that there is any question that that's where he should be. When the games got big, Gretzky was the best.
     
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    Needs more Kurri. Just check his playoff stats.
     
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    Gretzky
    Orr
    Messier
    Hasek
    Bourque
    Fedorov
    Bossy
    Sakic
    Esposito
    Crosby
     
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    I wouldn't say that Sakic was far, far more important in 2001. Don't forget that the Avs probably never would have got past the second round if it wasn't for Forsberg's tremendous effort against LA Kings (while Sakic was struggling with a shoulder injury). Forsberg lead the playoffs in points at the time that spleen injury stopped him.

    But I still agree that Sakic put up more big goals and assists in crucial times than Forsberg did, even if Peter had a higher PPG in the playoffs.
     
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  21. A couple of other very clutch playoff performers are Claude Lemieux, Drury, and Bill Ranford.
     
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    Yeah..and if I didnt have a luck being drafted by one of the most stacked team of all-time, I wouldnt see SC final...
     
  23. Sakic has 19 gwg in the playoffs. Forsberg had 14. Forsberg also had a larger playmaking edge over Sakic in the playoffs than Sakic had a goal scoring edge. Knowing this I'd bet he has more game winning assists. Overall I bet they produced a rather similar amount of clutch points, whether it be on tying goals or game winning goals. Also Sakic was a -2 in the playoffs overall, and Forsberg was a +54. That's a huge difference during a period of 150-170 games in which they both spent the majority on the same team together. Even if you take away all his minus years it still doesn't add up to Forsberg's on a per game basis.
     
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    I'd HM or maybe add Gilmour, add Plante, take off Anderson. Let's see as I actually make my list.....

    1) Gretzky
    2) Roy
    3) Richard
    4) Beliveau
    5) Messier
    6) Mario
    7) Plante
    8) Harvey
    9) Bossy
    10) Gilmour

    Went heavy with members of dynasties. Picked Plante over Dryden as a second goalie. Hard to narrow it down. Bossy could be Trottier or Potvin. Gilmour was an amazing playoff player. Not just in 1993 but all the time on both ends of the rink. He was a Killer in the playoffs for sure.

    The only thing I am certain of is that Gretzky is #1.
     
  25. BenchBrawl

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    what about Guy Lafleur?

    Parent?

    Pronger?
     

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