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10-05-2003, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by weight39
He played in today's NHL?? He played in the "age of offense" and the players were smaller. Today the emphasis is on strong defense,except for the Rangers , and the players are a lot bigger,especially the d-men.
I think it was JCD who posted that Gretzky's numbers were not the result of playing during that time. I wish I had saved the post, it was a good one. Hosted the goals/game average before, during, and after Gretzky's career. He said that the GPG now is very similar to the numbers before Gretzky. There was a lot more to it and I'm probably not doing it any justice. I think he concluded saying that the high scoring era of the 80s and early 90s was because of Gretzky, not the other way around.

Also with medicine and regimes, he'd (everyone really) have that to take advantage of. I think Gretzky would do just as well, and maybe even produce at a high clip for a longer amount of time.

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