October 06, 2016
Rethinking Hockey's Top 100: On Jaromir Jagr
There has been a real love-in for Jaromir Jagr in the last couple of seasons. Hockey's oldest player continues to produce at an impressive rate in an increasingly young man's game.
It's a great story, absolutely. But is it really doing enough to see him move up the Hockey's Top 100 list significantly?
Now had Jagr led the Florida Panthers on a deep Stanley Cup playoff run, that might just do that. It would show Jagr as a great leader, something that he has not gotten a lot of credit for.
Likewise, had Jagr challenged for scoring titles at this age, it would have me really thinking.
But, at the risk of pissing off everyone who seems to love Jagr these days, ultimately I see his last few years as a vagabond nicely extending his career.
Back in 2013 I had Jagr ranked 26th overall. I'm not sure he's done enough to pass anyone on the list above him. Joe Sakic is immediately ahead at 25th.
Jagr was also further capped as the third best European player of all time. Dominik Hasek (20) and Nicklas Lidstrom (21) are ahead. While I do believe Jagr is the greatest European forward of all time, I'm not sure he has surpassed Hasek or Lidstrom.
My bigger question is am I giving enough credit to the Europeans in general here?
I had 16 ranked in the top 100 back in 2013, including four Soviet players who primarily played outside of the National Hockey League.
And my top ranked European - Hasek - was only ranked 20th.
I may need to rethink that.