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12-09-2009, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
If we look at MVP shares (a concept originally created by Hockey Outsider for Hart Voting, but one Triffy later applied to the Soviet MVP voting), we see that Maltsev's MVP record is a tiny bit below Mikhailov. Yakushev doesn't even place. "The idea is to compare player's MVP voting points to the total amount of points which were given that year (for the players in the top 5)." (Explained in more detail in the link).

This are the Soviet players with the most MVP shares:

Tretiak 3.13
Makarov 2.56
Fetisov 2.01
Kharlamov 1.87
Mikhailov 1.66
Maltsev 1.63
Krutov 1.48
Firsov 1.12*
Petrov 0.78
Starshinov 0.72*
Larionov 0.45

*MVP award didn't exist for the majority of his career.

Now, it isn't fair to compare the players of the 70s to Makarov, Fetisov, and Tretiak, who dominated voting in the 80s. But it is fair to compare them to each other, and it's definitely noteworthy that Maltsev is so close to Mikhailov.
Here’s a comparison of Russian scorers when they played against Canada. These are the 10 who scored the most goals against Canada.

Boris Mikhailov
30 goals in 46 games
0.65 goals per game

Alexander Yakushev
28 goals in 37 games
0.76 goals per game

Vyacheslav Starshinov
27 goals in 43 games
0.63 goals per game

Sergey Makarov
27 goals in 54 games
0.50 goals per game

Anatoly Firsov
26 goals in 35 games
0.74 goals per game

Valery Kharlamov
25 goals in 46 games
0.54 goals per game

Vladimir Petrov
25 goals in 48 games
0.53 goals per game

Vladimir Krutov
24 goals in 40 games
0.60 goals per game

Alexander Maltsev
20 goals in 48 games
0.42 goals per game

Igor Larionov
16 goals in 34 games
0.47 goals per game

Here are their goals per game rankings:
Alexander Yakushev – 0.76
Anatoly Firsov – 0.75
Boris Mikhailov – 0.65
Vyacheslav Starshinov – 0.63
Vladimir Krutov – 0.60
Valery Kharlamov – 0.54
Vladimir Petrov – 0.53
Sergey Makarov – 0.50
Igor Larionov – 0.47
Aleksander Maltsev – 0.42

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