Thursday, January 12, 2006

Is Peter Forsberg Really "The Best"?

in his column today, sam donnellon uses the notion that the flyers have the "world's best player" on their roster as a plus for bobby clarke. i certainly think signing forsberg was a good move on clarke's part (albeit one that fell into his lap rather than one he conceived), but after watching him for a while now, i'm not so sure he is actually the "best player in the world."

forsberg is wonderfully talented for sure, and he is without a doubt the best passer, puck handler, and playmaker that i've seen on the flyers... but the best player in the world? eh. i'm a little underwhelmed at that notion. if he's the best player in the world, then the best player in the world has lost some of it's luster imo.

forsberg is great, but he's certainly not on the level of gretzky or lemieux... or even jagr when jagr wants to play. he just doesn't dominate the game the way the best player in the world should. he's terrific at what he does, but i haven't seen him, for instance, will his team to victory. does he have that in him? maybe, but i've never seen it. i only got to see him play 3-4 times a year when he was with colorado, but i never saw it then either.

love having him on the team. great, great, player. best is the world? not sold yet.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to a game when Jagr is "on" and 21 is just playing "average" and you'll understand why 21 is the best player to lace up his skates in today's game. Better than 88 and 66? Not sure, but I know that he's the best player out there today.

2:31 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

you may be right... i hope you are anyway. i'm just not seeing it right now.

i have tickets for this saturday's game against the avalanche, so i expect to see peter with his 'a' game. i'll be focusing on him the whole game, so i'm hoping to be impressed.

2:35 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Forsberg is a little TOO team oriented. He needs to use that skill of his to go after a glittle glory. How many games have the Flyers lost this year because of one goal? In those same games, way too many times, Forsberg would pass the puck to try and create a chance for a teammate when he probably could have scored with little effort.

He needs to be a little more glory hungry. The other players have to deal with it...

- Joe

10:07 AM EST  

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