Oates admired for passing fancy
|THIS WEEK'S QUESTION|
|Who do you think was the best passer in the NHL last year?|
|Adam Oates||7 (23 percent)|
|Pavel Datsyuk||4 (13 percent)|
|Doug Weight||4 (13 percent)|
|Joe Thornton||3 (10 percent)|
|Other||12 (40 percent)|
Boston -- Jiri Slegr: Sergei Zubov
"I think Sergei Zubov is the best passer in the league. Passing isn't just the plays you make on goals, you know. You've got to get the puck out of your own end first."
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"Going against him, I think Oates is. Or was. He's not even looking at a guy. He'll move one way, then throw it the other way. Especially when you're penalty killing against him and he's on the half-wall, it's awful difficult to play against him."
Chicago -- Anonymous: Joe Sakic
Colorado -- Anonymous: Sergei Fedorov
Columbus -- Anonymous: Adam Oates
Dallas -- Anonymous: Doug Weight
Edmonton -- Ryan Smyth: Doug Weight
"I know first hand from playing with him for several years."
Florida -- Anonymous: Mario Lemieux
Los Angeles -- Eric Belanger: Adam Oates
"Still the best."
Minnesota -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard: Joe Sakic
Montreal -- Saku Koivu: Adam Oates
"He has done it for so long. When he sees guys open, the puck's on their stick."
N.Y. Islanders -- Alexei Yashin: Doug Weight
N.Y. Rangers -- Anonymous: Mario Lemieux
Ottawa -- Anonymous: Joe Thornton
Phoenix -- Mike Comrie: Doug Weight
"My pick would be Doug Weight. He can really handle the puck and put his teammates in scoring situations so quickly. He's amazing."
Pittsburgh -- Konstantin Koltsov: Pavel Datsyuk
San Jose -- Vincent Damphousse: Adam Oates
St. Louis -- Doug Weight: Peter Forsberg
"Because he can pass it hard, sauce it, he delivers it right at the right time and the right place that it makes the goal easy -- like the best pass you can't do anything with but score a goal."
Tampa Bay -- Anonymous: Mats Sundin
Toronto -- Anonymous: Joe Thornton
Vancouver -- Marc Bergevin: Pavel Datsyuk
Washington -- Jeff Halpern: Adam Oates
"I think he's turned more guys into goal scorers that maybe wouldn't have scored as many. Brett Hull has obviously scored a ton of goals, but seeing what he did with Oatsie in one year and seeing what Chris Simon did with him the one year. He always seems to be running the No. 1 power play in the league and he gets you passes where you have time and space. I've seen him turn more guy's seasons around."
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