Lemieux, Bure and 7 Other Players Who Would Have Been Unstoppable in Today's NHL

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Lemieux, Bure and 7 Other Players Who Would Have Been Unstoppable in Today's NHL
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Coming out the the lockout the NHL made some drastic rule changes, as we all know. The shifts were meant to open up the game for the talented players, while leaving the masters of the hook n' hold in the dust.

With guys like Marty St. Louis and Pavel Datsyuk wowing us nightly with their skill while—for the most part—not constantly having a hook in their side or a hand on their shoulder, one has to wonder what the guys who played in the dead puck era could have done under the same set of rules.

All the players on this list had stellar careers, to say the least. And a few of them went on after the lockout to continue to play, but not in their primes.

The question I want to answer is this: Which players, while young and at their best, would have been monstrous under these rules? Again, I am not detracting from the outstanding careers these men had, only wondering how much more outstanding they could have been without defenders dangling from them every time they touched the puck.

In no particular order, here are nine players that would have further dominated play post-lockout.

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