What?????????????? I have only seen video of Orr. But Gretzky is not in the same universe when it comes to skating. In fact, watching Orr skate in those videos, I question whether anyone has ever equaled his skating. Pavel Bure maybe since. Not just speed, but agility and change direction on a dime while stickhandling at top speed. And are the videos playing tricks on me? or is he using a straight blade with no curve?
Nobody who actually saw both Orr and Gretzky play would dream of saying that Gretzky was a better skater than Orr. I could easily come up with a long list of players who were better skaters than Gretzky. There was nothing at all special about his skating. His hockey IQ, his hands, his vision and passing, even his shot- yes. His skating, no.
What does that have to do with being a playmaker? If he were a top playmaker, should he have not, ummm, lead the league in assists or somesuch a few times? Or scored over 70 assists when other top playmakers at the time were scoring 90?