Who knows what the standards would be. Sato did 6 clean triples at both the 94 Olympics and 94 Worlds and seemed to be still improving as a skater. Slutskaya never did more than 6 triples before 2000, and was a terrible artistic skater. Kwan was great but her rise to the top was made easier by the dearth of strong veteran holdovers by 96/97. Only Chen was left, and even her not for long.
Sato has 4 World titles to 4 for Kristi. At the World Pros Sato leads 3-2 when they met head to head. Sato participated more regularly in the other pro events though, while Kristi seemed to deem many of them beneath her. One could argue Sato is the best pro skater ever, over Kristi. One could also argue Biellmann based on longevity. It is too bad Ito didn't return to pros after her 96 comeback. Amateur skating was past her by then, but she still could have continued to be a great pro career, and make it a great 3 way rivalry with Kristi and Yuka at the top.
Kerrigan and Baiul were mediocre pros and no threat to any of Yuka, Kristi, or Midori in pro events. Even Biellmann was closer competition to those three than Kerrigan and Baiul in pros, and Biellmann has beaten all of Kristi, Midori, and Yuka in pro events too, despite being like 15 years older. Kerrigan and Baiul should be embarrassed with their level of skating as pros, especialy Baiul an Olympic and World Champion.