On the weekend I commented on Jim Mathieson's stance that Steve Yzerman was a better player than Stan Mikita.
Based on the comments on my piece, the community here at Greatest Hockey Legends.com strongly disagreed with Mathieson's stance that Yzerman was better than Mikita, and disagreed with my stance that they were near equals.
They converted me. On any list of the greatest centers of all time, I will forever rank Mikita ahead of Yzerman.
Now my question is just how good was Mikita? Where would he rank on the list of the greatest centers in hockey history?
The pretty much unanimous stance in hockey has Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Jean Beliveau occupying the top three center spots. Mikita falls in behind with a group that includes Mark Messier, Howie Morenz, Henri Richard, Syl Apps Sr., Max Bentley, Phil Esposito, Bryan Trottier, Milt Schmidt, Bobby Clarke, Teeder Kennedy, Marcel Dionne and Yzerman. Maybe I should be including Joe Sakic at back end of this conversation too.
Could Mikita be ranked as high as #4? I'm going to let the Greatest Hockey Legends.com community weigh in on this one. Leave your comments below or vote in the poll in the right hand column.