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04-02-2010, 12:00 PM
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HockeyinHD
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Originally Posted by norrisnick View Post
Not in games that mattered, ie the playoffs.
Really, if you reduce things to just talking playoffs, IMO you actually narrow the gap between the two guys rather than widen it.

Zetterberg's production in 2008 and 2009 were both as good or better than Fedorov was ever able to in Detroit in his career in terms of total points, and the only time in his career Feds did better ppg in the playoffs was 1995.

Zetterberg has 39 playoff goals in 85 games. Fedorov has 52 playoff goals in 182 playoff games. Fedorov got over 2/3rds of his postseason production from assists, while Z has gotten less than 50% of his points via assist.

The regular season is where Fedorov made a lot of his hay, because he could lollygag through most of a season and still be incredibly productive. That's not the case with Z, who lacks Fedorov's high-end physical talents.

Once you get to the postseason, I honestly think Z's a much closer to equivalent player. I'd probably still give a slight edge to Fedorov, but only that because he's had the much longer career upon which to make that assessment. If Z continues to produce at the level he has the past few playoffs he'll surpass Fedorov in four or five years.

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