Maybe Gretzky respects Z a great deal cause he battles harder than most people in the NHL on a regular basis and has one of the best 2 way games in the history of the NHL, not unlike our boy Yzerman.
And to add to things, to hell with the regular season. Since the lockout, NO ONE in the NHL has more playoff points than Z.
Boom goes the dynamite!
No one has more playoff points because everyone has zero.
Oh, you meant that other lockout.