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10-28-2010, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Clarke's best season he registered 1.57 PPG, and his 2nd and 3rd are 1.45, and 1.33 respectively. Excellent seasons, but not on par with what we saw from early Lindros... especially when accounting for the respective time periods.

Flyers had 348 goals for that year, and 4 other teams registered 300+ out of 18 teams.

In Lindros' best season, the Flyers scored 282 goals as a team, with only 3 teams breaking 300 goals out of 26 teams.

There's little question that Clarke had a significantly better career than Lindros, but he also wasn't the physical force of nature that Lindros was either. What really separates Lindros was that he was quite capable of being the team's enforcer when he felt like it on top of scoring all of those points... dangerous combo when the best player on the ice can also physically destroy the other team at the same time (also why he had such durability problems).
This is where you can take stats and roll them up and throw them in the trash. Anyone who has a clue about team sports would know what intangibles Clarke brought to the game. If 88 had half of 16's heart he could have been at the top of the list. 88 is #3 on my list after 16 and 1.

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