Most Skilled Hockey Players of All Time

Now remember it's not top ten best point getters, it's most skilled. I was around when Bobby Hull started tearing up the NHL I have seen a lot.

The Top Ten

1 Mario Lemieux Mario Lemieux

This guy was amazing don't get me wrong gretzky was a great, at getting points. But to be able to turn a team that was going bankrupt and make them a stanley cup winning team.

Mario the Magnificent! What else can you say? This guy played hurt most of his career. He was a one man scoring machine but also a play making genius. Mario was the most skilled player I ever watched play.

Super Mario! While there have been many great players, no one can single handedly take control of a game like #66. Such a shame he spent so much time away from the ice due to injuries and health concerns. Based purely on skill, no player was better than Mario.

I do not like him. My opinion don't judge me.

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2 Bobby Orr Bobby Orr

Bobby orr in my opinion is the most skilled hockey player of all time. He missed his prime because of knee injuries and is still the only defenceman to ever win the art ross, twice

They new about him when he was 10 years old if you sign a contract with a 10 year old he going to be good

Ahead of his time. Unbelievable skater and did it all making it look easy. Definitely in the top 3 for sure.

Bobby orr is probably the most underrated player besides jean ratelle (rangers) and guy lafleur. he was an amazing player. he lead the league in scoring as a defensemen and is the best penalty killer of all time. not only is he the greatest skilled player of all time but the best player of all time

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3 Wayne Gretzky Wayne Gretzky

The guy below me pointed it out well, he was an average skater, average shooter, he was also below average in physical strength and couldn't throw a body check. He didn't do what he did because of his skill but rather because of his hockey sense. Pure skill, a few in NHL history would have to be ranked ahead of Gretzky.

Gretzky was not the most skilled player. He was an average skater, had an average shot, wasn't the kind of player that could turn you inside our like Mario or Kovalev. He was the most intelligent player and the purist scoring machine the game has ever seen. We will never see another one like him.

There's a reason why Gretzky scored 1000 PTs more than the 2nd place guy. He was just that much better than everyone else

You know what, truly this is the absoulte worst player to ever play hockey in history

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4 Pavel Datsyuk

,Behind Lemieux and Gretzky, Pavel Datsyuk is the most skilled player EVER in the nHL you see this guy play and you're just at awe in the way in which he is able to score goals and the way in which he makes them look so effortless. Bobby Orr eat your heart out. Datsyuk Destroys you.

All you have to do is watch best all time

Most skilled player with his stick, the best at picking away the puck, his style makes players look like amateurs

He is definitely a team player

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5 Bobby Hull

One of the most complete players ever. He could skate, shoot, pass and body check with the best of them. He regularly helped kill penalties with the Black Hawks as well as manning their power play. He could stick handle with either hand. His great speed and tremendous shooting power allowed him to do things most players could not. Best goal scorer ever and could fight with the best of them when he was abused by the hatchet men--which was often.

Greatest left wing ever. Most dangerous goal scorer ever. Nobody else who ever played had as much strength, speed and shooting power as the "golden jet". One of the most complete players of all time. Should be higher on your list.

As a complete player Hull is very underrated. He was a great passer (having started out as a center) and could give out devastating body checks. Ask the 1976
Russian team which player on team Canada hit them with most crushing but legal body checks.

The golden jet in my opinion was by far the best goal scorer ever.

6 Patrick Kane Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane will for ever be the mots skilled hockey player!

What The Heck Kane Should Be IN The Top 4 - Awesomelionking10

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7 Gilbert Perreault

No one could skate and stick handle like him. He was electrifying and one of those rare players that regularity brought fans to their feet Had he played for a team like Montreal he would not be underrated like he is now. He was like a faster Mario Lemieux.

8 Pavel Bure

The most spectacular hockey player of all time. No one was more thrilling than Pavel Bure.

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9 Maurice Richard

Amazing better then everyone in the NHL today

10 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

This is where nikita kucherov should be or austin mathews maybe conner mcdavid

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The Contenders

11 Gordie Howe Gordie Howe

Don't forget the era in which Howe played, I know that for part of his career, the NHL only awarded 1 assist per goal, during the original 6 era, he was always playing against one of the 6 best goalies in the world and also, the NHL never had 80 games in a season until he was 40... interestingly, that year, he got his career high of 103 pts (yes, at 40). No other player ever had a 100 pt season at that age (Gretzky got his last one at 35, and then 98 at 36).

Bobby orr and Wayne Gretzky both have said Gordie was the best player. Even scotty bowman the most successful coach has said it. That says a lot coming from 2 of the all-time greats. Howe could do everything both as a left and right handed player. He was also ambidextrous

I would love to have put howe up higher but when you think about it he played much longer than any one else and only got 3 on all time points. Don't get me wrong 3rd is high but even without playing in the scoring era he should have got more. Still amazing player

Simply the best ever

12 Jaromir Jagr

Few players display more tools then the Czech born superstar. His super human strength, powerful shot, elite playmaking and exceptional puck control simply places Jagr as one of the most skilled players of all time. Boom.

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13 Kent Nilsson

According to Gretzky... The most skilled player he ever played with.

He was just really good at hiding the skill

Considering the players Gretzky played with, incl on the Canada Cup team, stating Kent is the most skilled player he ever played with mean something.

Hitting the crossbar from center ice on live T.V. is another amazing story.

The inventor of the Peter Forsberg 1994 Olympic final penalty, Kent did this back in 1989 against the US in World Cup (not on a penalty though, so no time to plan this).

14 Stan Mikita

Most underrated great player ever. Could do everything as well or better than Gretzky--except score goals.

15 Teemu Selänne

Teemu is the Finnish Flash a god

Just check the stats!

16 Zdeno Chara Zdeno Chara Zdeno Chára is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman, currently serving as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Shouldn't be here in my opinion, he's just an alien 6'9 guy who's super slow

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17 Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

That guy is pretty big and hers really skilled

Best hockey player in the NHL today.

18 Valeri Kharlamov

Kharlamov was bobby orr of Russia. Maybe the greatest rw ever. He was the top dog of the 1972 summit series. If it wasnt for bobby clarke Russia might have won the series.

Kharlamov was an unknown largely because he was Russian at a time when Russians didn't play in North America. Was he good? Damn rights! Some of the greatest hockey people at the time regarded him as one of the most highly skilled players ever.

19 Phil Esposito

You have to remember this he had the most points for one season before people started getting unreal amount of points.

20 Peter Forsberg

Most Complete Player Ever. Stellar level of skill in every aspect of the game, most notably his awareness and playmaking ability.

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