By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — After giving it some thought, this would be my all-time Top 10 list of NHL players… 1. Wayne Gretzky… 2. Mario Lemieux… 3. Gordie Howe… 4. Sidney Crosby… 5. Mark Messier… 6. Jaromir Jagr… 7. Marcel Dionne… 8. Phil Esposito… 9. Steve Yzerman… 10. Ron Francis. Note: Francis makes the list as the #2 all-time assists leader behind Gretzky. Ovechkin is a great goal scorer, but ranks #49 in assists of the top 50 all-time points leaders.
Bobby Orr was the greatest hockey player to ever lace up a pair of skates. ROY, 7 times in a row DOY. 50 goal seasons, 150 point seasons. ( as a defensive man) put Esposito in the HOF through his 120 mph on goal slap shot. Gretsky is second.