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02-13-2005, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Flame_Star_Devil
Elias ... put up one less point (than Hossa) playing for the defensively-oriented Devils vs. the offensively-oriented Senators.
This is a major misconception. A lot of players who played with the Devils in the past decade weren't affected offensively by the system and a few of them (Mogilny, etc) even produced their best season since the scoring decline (96-97) in NJ.

Originally Posted by Flame_Star_Devil
Elias had 81 points on 213 NJ goals, Hossa had 82 points on 262 Senators goals, and Elias was the Devils' best defensive forward last season outside of John Madden.
Now, how do we account for the discrepency between % of goals?... Talent.
In the past few years, NJ has lost Mogilny, Sykora, Arnott, Holik, Nieuwendyk. So because Gomez and Elias are the only two players left who could reliably crack 50 points, Hossa is less of a player?
Would Hossa be a better player if we gave away Havlat & Alfredsson for nothing?
Giving away those two should easily cost us 49 goals. Then we could call ourselves a defensive team because we can't score anymore.

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