Jaromir Jagr is a gem. Last year in the playoffs when players were asked to do their own introductions for television and asked who was their favorite player growing up, Jagr won the day when he said Jaromir Jagr was his favorite player. We'd expect nothing else.
Well Jagr might have some competition for his own admiration.
The Devils were in Chicago on Monday to play the Blackhawks and you can't really talk about the Blackhawks without discussing Patrick Kane, who is having probably his best season yet in the NHL and that's really saying something. He's in rare air as far as Jagr is concerned: as in he would pay to actually watch Kane play. That's a short list that only includes Kane and Pavel Datsyuk.
Randy Miller at NJ.com has more from Jagr.
"I love to watch those two guys," Jagr said at his locker following the Devils' morning skate Monday. "I'm 41 and you can still learn from those guys. They're very intelligent. I would say they're geniuses on the ice. I always love to learn.
"If I was to pay for a ticket for a hockey game, I'm going to pay for those two guys, in my opinion. Like I would go see [Michael] Jordan in basketball. Even for me, I don't watch much hockey, but those two guys I can watch."
Jagr explained what he loves about Kane's game, calling him a throwback to a mid-90s player. He's impressed with Kane's ability to hold onto the puck despite not being the biggest guy on the ice.
Jagr is hardly alone in his opinion of Kane, he is one of the most electric players in the game. It's clear that he enjoys some good stick-handling because Datsyuk and Kane are hands down the two best in the world. It's no mystery why they're fun to watch.
The other side of the coin is that a lot of people will still pay to watch Jagr play. He's tied with Mark Messier for seventh all time in goals in NHL history and is going to continue to climb that ladder this season. We'll all miss not only watching him play when he leaves the NHL for good but also hearing what he has to say. There aren't many better than Jags.