Research Thread for NHL Award and All-star Voting
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07-26-2010, 01:28 AM
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It's not the bottom line, because it isn't true... Unless we are talking about an award that only one player per team has a shot at, aka an award for goalies.
Just because you keep repeating it, doesn't make it true. If a forward or defenseman was good enough to win an award, don't you think it's highly likely that he would get a shot in one of the 36 scoring line positions or one of the 24 positions as a Top 4 defenseman? In other words, if a player was good enough to be the best in the league at his position, don't you think his NHL club would probably give him a shot as one of their top 6 forwards or top 4 defensemen?
Yes of course they would but each team plays 60 minutes in every game in a season and with more teams there is a greater chance for player A from one of 6 teams to win than player B from 30 teams to win.
This is especially true when comparing the 6 team league from past days to today 30 team league.
You answered the question up above in that if every team has one scoring line and one number 1 power play then in a 6 team league that would be about 18 forwards getting the prime time as opposed to 90 in a 30 team league.
I'm sure a math guy could put up a formula but to me it's pretty simple, we have to take 1st, 2nd team all stars and top 10 in scoring and awards ect from different times, let's say a 6 team league or even 10-12 teams compared to 30 and treat them differently because they are different.
It is more likely that a guy from one of the other 29 teams could win the scoring title as happened this year with Hank Sedin.
There is simply more competition, in sheer numbers, for all awards in the NHL in a modern 30 team league than there was in a 6 team league period.
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