It’s the fourth matchup in this Greatest Fives series, and while I feel the voting is going to skew current with this one, it is easily the most entertaining fantasy hockey game to think about. This time it’s Five Pavel Bures against Five Connor McDavids.
This hypothetical five-on-five game would feature two, or uhhh… ten of the greatest skaters that have ever lived. McDavid is likely headed for Gretzky/Lemieux/Crosby territory by the time his career is wrapped up, but let’s not overlook just how electrifying Bure was in his peak. Besides the highlights, he had the numbers for a while too – scoring at a 51-goal per season pace for his entire career. A total maniac.
So far we’ve had three polls, with Malkin edging Sakic, Forsberg (surprisingly) blowing Fedorov out of the water, and Auston Matthews easily taking out Gilmour.
Again, we’ll go over the notes about how this fun little thought experiment is rolling out.
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 Pavel Bures (at peak powers) versus Five Connor McDavids (now) – Which team wins?
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) July 19, 2018