50 All-Time Hockey Greats Who Would Struggle in the NHL Today

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50 All-Time Hockey Greats Who Would Struggle in the NHL Today

We've all heard it so many times before: Players today are bigger, stronger and faster than they ever were before. This is true in all sports; not just in hockey.

If you've ever had the chance to watch an old game from the 1950s through the 1990s on NHL Network or ESPN Classic, you can see how much slower the game used to be back then.

In addition, training methods are so different then they were in the past. Hockey is now a full-time job. Players no longer have offseason jobs and then have to get back into shape during training camp. Players now train all year long using modern nutritional information and the latest exercise regimens.

The game is also coached differently than it was then. The use of video to scout opponents has forever changed the game and added strategy that did not exist 30 years ago.

So the question is often asked: How would the superstars of the past fare in today's game?

Please note that I am taking nothing away from these hockey greats by including them on this list. They are all still among the greatest to lace up their skates and play the game. I just feel that these players would have trouble adjusting to the modern game because of how they played the game back then.

I'm sure there are others that I missed, so feel free to comment and add your own all-time greats that you feel belong on this list.

Keep in mind that the order in the list is not very important.

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