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The “Great One” thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there’s no shortage of debate over whether that’s the best team of all time.

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Four of Wayne Gretzky’s 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among the 20 “greatest NHL teams” as voted by fans during the league’s 100th anniversary.

Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Montreal Canadiens’ 1970s run and three from the New York Islanders’ 1980s stretch, when each dynasty captured four Stanley Cup titles in a row before passing the torch to Edmonton.

The vote started with fans asked to pick the top 50 teams from among all teams that have won Stanley Cup titles. The 2003-04 Lightning didn’t make the top 50 cut.

The top 20 will be narrowed to 10. Vote at NHL.com/GreatestTeams.

Six-time Cup-winning defenseman Kevin Lowe said he and Gretzky agreed the 1987 Oilers were the best of the bunch of teams that filled the rafters in Edmonton with blue, white and orange banners during one of the finest eras of hockey dominance, even though it took seven games to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the final.

“There was just so much offense,” Lowe said. “I don’t know if that was statistically our best Stanley Cup run as a team. It probably wasn’t because we went to seven with the Flyers. But Wayne and I both thought that that seemed like the best overall team.”

Voted the top 20 teams of all-time were the 1983-84, ’84-85, ’86-87 and ’87-88 Oilers; ’75-76, ’76-77 and ’77-78 Canadiens; ’79-89, ’81-82 and ’82-83 Islanders; ’90-91, ’91-92 and 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins; ’97-98 and ’01-02 Detroit Red Wings; ’69-70 Boston Bruins; ’88-89 Calgary Flames; ’93-94 New York Rangers; ’00-01 Colorado Avalanche, and ’09-10 Chicago

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