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10-30-2009, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Rattrick View Post
I'd like to add Gaborik into the discussion to be right up there with Semin and Kovalchuk as guys who could be dominate players. If he could stay healthy and especially now that he's not in Minnesota, he could be a 100+ point guy easily.
Gaborik is never going to be a regular 100pt player unless the game changes and gears itself towards a more offensively orientated style.

In the past 3 years, 10 seperate players have scored more than 100 pts. In the past two, only 3. Of those 10, only 3 have multiple seasons over 100 in that time span (2 each for the big three). The other guys include Hossa, Sakic, Heatley, Lecavalier, St Loius and Thornton. 2006-2007 was a freak year incomparison to its year surrounding it. For all of those guys discluding Sakic (legend, and even his better years came in higher scoring years) it was a career year, and Thornton aside, their first and last as 100pt scorers.

Simply put, scoring 100 points once in this "era" is extremely difficult. Doing it multiple times is basically impossible, unless you are a hyper star - ala the big three.

As good as Kovy, Gabby etc are, you are unlikely to ever see them rack up multiple 100 point years. Datsyuk yet to get one. Iginla hasn't. These guys are amazing hockey players, and placed in a different and correct era, almost certainly would do it at some point. But current NHL conditions do not allow for many 100 pts years.

The only guy who has even had the PPG pace to reach that milestone outside of the big 3 in the last two years is Semin. However, that includes a freak start, and as we all know, he is injury prone.

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