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09-28-2008, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by tazzy19 View Post
If we are to look at an arbitrary date to compare their PPG averages...
Here's a year-by-year comparison of their cumulative PPG averages...

SeasonGretzky GPGretzky PtsGretzky PPGLemieux GPLemieux PtsLemieux PPG
1 79 137 1.73 73 100 1.37
2 159 301 1.89 152 241 1.59
3 239 513 2.15 215 348 1.62
4 319 709 2.22 292 516 1.77
5 393 914 2.33 368 715 1.94
6 473 1122 2.37 427 838 1.96
7 553 1337 2.42 453 883 1.95
8 632 1520 2.41 517 1014 1.96
9 696 1669 2.4 577 1174 2.03
10 774 1837 2.37 599 1211 2.02
11 847 1979 2.34 669 1372 2.05
12 925 2142 2.32 745 1494 2.01
13 999 2263 2.27 788 1570 1.99
14 1044 2328 2.23 812 1601 1.97
15 1125 2458 2.18 879 1692 1.92
16 1173 2506 2.14 889 1701 1.91
17 1253 2608 2.08 915 1723 1.88
18 1335 2705 2.03 915 1723 1.88
19 1417 2795 1.97 915 1723 1.88
20 1487 2857 1.92 915 1723 1.88

It doesn't make any difference which year is arbitrarily chosen. Gretzky has the higher cumulative points-per-game average every year.

It's true that Lemieux averaged 2.01 PPG before he returned from retirement (ie at the end of his 12th season). However, by the end of his 12th season, Gretzky was averaging 2.32 ppg. Gretzky averaged over 2.00 ppg as late as his 18th season!

(Note: I'm assuming that Lemieux's 1996 season was his 11th season even though he DNP in 1995; I'm assuming his 2001 season was his 13th even though he DNP 1998-2000, etc.)

Just to be clear, I think you can make a valid argument for Gretzky or Lemieux in their primes. But let's not twist the facts-- Gretzky clearly has an advantage in PPG regardless of what cut-off year is chosen.


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