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4. I think Lindsay is partly a product of the Detroit dynasty - I think he's about at Steve Yzerman level, in other words, not quite Top 20.
Lindsay made his mark before the dynasty and before Howe became a dominating player. Howe didn't establish himself in Detroit until 1949-50. Lindsay was 24 that season. He already had a 1st and 2nd team all-star nod, 3 top 10 goal finishes (1,2,6), and 2 top 10 point finishes (3,9). Not a bad resume for a kid that's not even 24 yet.

Take a look at the 1947-48 season. Who was inflating his numbers? Howe was 19 and not yet a top player. Kelly was 20 and not quite a top defenseman yet (Quackenbush was outscoring him). Was Sid Abel making Lindsay a retro Richard winner? Heck, Jim McFadden was second on the team in goals and points to Lindsay that season.

Lindsay was a bit older than the other dynasty Wings like Sawchuk, Howe, and Kelly. He peaked a little sooner which helps us see that even before the Wings became a machine he was a force in his own right in the league.

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