I am not sure I agree with this. Gretzky in his prime got to play with very talented players. Jagr had Lemieux, but after he retired, that was a pretty dire Pittsburgh team. People might want to say that Martin Straka is good but he played years and years with Jagr - who knows how good he is without Jagr? After he left Pittsburgh the first time he had some not good years.
On the other hand, there's some evidence that Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson weren't all that great either.
It would've been interesting to see how Jagr in his prime would've done surrounded by other HOFers. I think Gretzky is better certainly but I think the gap is less than you might imagine.
Kurri had a very small window when he did not play with Gretzky, and in that period of time he was still tremendous in the regular season and playoffs (winning a cup). If he'd never seen Wayne in his life Kurri would've still found his way to 1000 points
Edited by '7', 06 May 2014 - 11:44 AM.