I'm bringing back last year's elimination competition. If Cohen or Suguri won in 2006 Worlds instead of Meissner, how would they compare against other recent champions?
I think this largely depends on how well they skate if they win. Sasha could probably skate a decent program (maybe two minor jump mistakes) and win the title. Fumie would've had to skate perfectly, perhaps. This is a large wild card factor, but anyway, here are my thoughts:
If Fumie won the world title, I'd say she is around the level of Hughes, but below Ando, Kostner, and Butyrskaya. I would give Fumie the slight edge because of her longevity and ability to stay at the medal level for the long time. I don't imagine Sarah staying in medal contention even at top form, if she continued. The field in 2004 was too strong, then should have trouble with CoP. In addition, Fumie's best performances (2005 FCC) are better than Sarah's best performances, and IMO should be enough to win both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. The judges may not agree, but I thought Pink Panther and Carmen were brilliant and skated with mastery at FCC.
If Sasha won, I'd probably slate her in slightly after Chen, Arakawa, and Lipinski. As a skater, Sasha is as good as these three if not better, but she rarely put together two amazing programs. However, she has a strong medal count (a World title, Olympic medal, and two World silvers) and generally skates well (but makes one or two fatal mistakes, which is not the same as a meltdown). I'd have Sasha ahead of Kostner because Carolina was so inconsistent and her Worlds win was with very basic jump content; and Ando, because one of her World titles was won with fairly weak skating (2011) and she wasn't consistently competitive and without an Olympic medal. I would have Cohen and Butyrskaya at a roughly similar level.
1-4: Kwan, Kim, Slutskaya, Asada
5-7: Arakawa, Lipinski, Chen
8-9: Cohen, Butyrskaya