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What would Wayne Gretzky be traded for today?


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These Wellwood comparisons are insulting.

1985 Gretzky wouldn't be built the same as 2013 Gretzky. Apples to apples he'd put on muscle with better fitness training and diet. He'd have personal chefs and all that. He'd be built more like Karlson or with his drive he would have a similar build to Stamkos or Toews.

Now saying that, imagine Stamkos with Karlsons creativity and Toews' tenancity X 1.5. That's what he'd be like. He'd still be putting up 1.5 times more points than the next guy, at least. He's the Goalies were worse then and the game wasnt as well thought out, but that's not comparing apples to apples. Everyone dogs on Gretzky because of the era he dominated, but look at his stats as he reached the end of his career in the dead puck era, still incredible and way past his prime.

The Hockey IQ in the guy was off the charts. He re invented an entire game as a 20 yr old. Pure dominance.

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I think he'd have trouble getting even that much with the calibre of defencemen and goaltending these days, it's night and day compared to the 80s and early 90s.

There are also a few signature moves that Gretzky could never pull off in today's game. He used to skate over the blueline with the puck and do a big loop and stop to look for the late man. Teams apply so much back side pressure when defending the rush today that he would have somebody on him immediately.

The opposing centers would be a whole new ball game as well, Gretzky never had to face anyone like Kesler before, facing off against a defensive specialist who's 30+ lbs heavier and a whole lot faster would force him to make some huge adjustments, like a lot less time with the puck for starters.

Gretzky was also a huge cherry picker, he would often patrol the neutral zone looking for a breakaway while his team was battling in their zone, often a man down. I'm not sure how that would fly today but cherry picking while killing a penalty would be suicide against a good powerplay now.

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Mario Lemieux is better built for today's NHL. Large frame, mad skills. Gretzky's instinct for the puck and seeing the play develop was off the charts. I'd be curious to see how both would be with defensive systems and bigger goalies and equipment.

Both would demand a king's ransom. No pun intended.

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Uhhh, you guys do know that Gretzky was still playing in the late 90s where the "Trap" was near its peak after the Devils won the Cup in 1995 right? Let's see how Gretzky did in that era.

He finished tied for 3rd in league scoring in 1997-98 with 90pts in 82 games. Tied with Pavel Bure, and 1 single point behind Peter Forsberg. Bure was 27 years old, Forsberg was 25 years old. Gretzky? He was 37 years old.

C'mon, the guy is a legend, and arguably the greatest player to ever play the game for a reason. He'd be putting up 150pts or more in this era (assuming he is in his prime).

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