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Orr, Bure, Coffey among NHL.com’s all-time speedsters

Aug 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

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NHL.com’s John Kreiser breaks down how seven of the speediest skaters changed the game, spotlighting greats such as Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey and Pavel Bure.

Some of the best stuff revolves around No. 4:

No one, not even the forwards of his day, could skate like Orr. Not only was he incredibly fast, but he was able to make quick moves at high speeds, leaving checkers grasping at air. If Orr got a half-stride on a defender, he was gone — no one was going to catch him.

It’s no secret that a crackdown on obstruction put a greater emphasis on speed and skating, so Kreiser was wise to include an active player: Ottawa Senators prodigy Erik Karlsson.

Kreiser uses “game speed” as his greatest measure rather than who wins the fastest skater competitions.

But there’s speed in a race, and then there’s speed in a game. Few players are as fast at game speed as Karlsson, who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last season with the Ottawa Senators while running away with the scoring race among blueliners — and impressing Orr in the process.

Which other active players deserve consideration?

  1. hockeyflow33 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Hal Gill?

    • sabatimus - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      I was going for Chara myself.

  2. taytay099 - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Scott Niedermayer was one of the fastest I’ve ever seen.

  3. cameltoews - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Carl Hagelin

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Eric Wellwood.

  5. missthemexpos - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Yvan Cournoyer was not called the “Roadrunner” for nothing!

  6. muttbolts - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Ziggy plaffy rings a bell

    • lopo - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Darren Helm.

  7. edlut63 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Darren Helm, Amen. I would love to see a defender nail him just once while he is at full speed. It would be a great “splat” to see.

  8. rainyday56 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Speed does not seem to be as much of a factor any more, since the blind-side elbow first hit entered the game.

  9. Vintage Hockey Barn - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Reblogged this on .

  10. subliminalnoize - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Jason Chimera, this guy is a rocket on skates. I’ve never seen anyone faster then him.

  11. rallycally - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Hagelin was the fastest last year in the skills comp and he says Krieder is even faster.

  12. anthonycarch22 - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    E Wellwood,, Helm, Grabner

  13. gscheelar - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    This one is a bit obscure for non Jets fans, but Alexander Burmistrov can really fly.

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