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08-27-2010, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Usual. In 1987 Mario Lemieux learned a work ethic from Wayne Gretzky during a small sample space - The Canada Cup but Henri Richard did not influence Steve Shutt. Let's see, Shutt and Henri Richard practiced, travelled as teammates much longer than Gretzky and Lemieux did. A few games together during the 1974 playoffs put it all together for Shutt just like a handful of games with Wayne Gretzky put it all together for Mario Lemieux.
Well of course Richard influenced Shutt, among other young Habs. But he was retired come 1975. Shutt's first nice season statistically was 1976 and we all know who he was paired with. Lemaire was there too of course but while all three are HHOFers (Shutt, Lemaire, Lafleur) it is pretty obvious to me who carried the load offensively there. Shutt does not hit the numbers without Lafleur and a healthy Cournoyer wouldn't have made him a 60 goal man.

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