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09-15-2008, 01:13 PM
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There are 30 teams in the NHL compared with 6 prior to expansion and there were no Russian or other European players. The chances of being named to an all-star team in the old days were a lot better than they are today. The chances of scoring 50 or 60 goals in the 1970s were a lot higher than they are today because the dilution of talent resulting from a big influx of North American players (but not many Europeans) in that era hadn't settled down. Think for a minute about a comparison between Steve Shutt and later players such as Ovechkin or Selanne or Bure or Alexander Mogilny. There really isn't any. Shutt wasn't even as good as Mats Naslund.

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