Players Poll taken before 1980-81 season
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09-14-2009, 12:35 AM
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It also shows the players didn't have access to goals against stats for forwards. If they did it is unlikely they'd have chosen Gainey over Clarke or Ramsay.
I don't buy it.
Gainey was a much better skater than Clarke and more physical than either Clarke or Ramsay.
He was probably the number 3 forward on the Canadiens after Lafleur and Lemaire in terms of importance to the team's success. An argument could be made that he was #2 in the 78 and 79 seasons. IIRC, only Lafleur saw more ice-time among the forwards than Gainey, as both were frequently double-shifted.
Gainey was a true impact player, despite his non-existant puck skills.
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