In the third installment of our Total Hockey Greatest of All Time series, we finally get to a Leafs-only matchup that’s sure to stir up a good amount of the fanbase. It’s Five Doug Gilmours up against Five Auston Matthewses.
It’ll be interesting to see if people value Killer’s defensive game and absurd amount of small guy grit over Auston’s clear advantage in goal scoring and a major, major mismatch in size.
Up until now we’ve had the following showdowns:
As usual, here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve put together:
We’re attempting to see who fans believe is the greatest player of all time through a “Total Hockey” bracket. In this thought experiment we’re pinning five copies of one player versus five of another and asking voters who will win. This bracket is light on the old-days players. Only if a guy really stood out and had a high level of physicality, like Gordie Howe or Phil Esposito, would they get in against new era players. So you’ll see that from the 90s-to-present is well-represented. But don’t worry, all the true top guys are in there. Also, we’ll assume these teams are all playing with the same level of goalie and the players are at their peaks in their careers.
The question we pose to readers is quite simple: Who wins a hockey game between these two teams?
You can head over vote at our Facebook page or through TLNdc on Twitter. If that’s not doable, just drop a comment with your vote here. We’ll tab them up after twenty-four hours.
Five Doug Gilmours against Five Auston Matthewses – Which team wins? (assuming Gilmour is in his prime)
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) July 17, 2018