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11-18-2010, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Hippasus View Post
I heard Malone was more of an upright skater, but was still considered to have decent speed despite his poor form. As for NHL numbers Malone has a less impressive PPG than Lalonde. Lalonde has the third highest career PPG in the history of the NHL after the two obvious ones.

GP: 99 G: 124 A: 27 PTS: 151 - Lalonde - PPG: 1.525
GP:125 G: 146 A: 18 PTS: 164 - Malone - PPG: 1.312

But why was Cyclone Taylor ranked higher than both? So he tore up the PCHA, big deal. Lalonde in his one season there, six years prior, did about as well as Taylor's best season there. Both Malone's and Lalonde's NHL numbers look better.

All the stats in this post come from Hockeydb.com.
The NHA was just the NHL under a different name (really, the right thing to do after the past 93 years would be to accept it and make the NHA stats part of the official record) so it's a disservice to both players to exclude their NHA seasons.

Why would it not be a big deal that Taylor tore up the PCHA? There were a ton of great players there who got into the HHOF. The league proved on many occasions it could compete with the NHA/NHL (it only wrestled two cups away but the W/L record was much closer than the series W/L record indicates, and believe it or not, they actually outscored the NHA/NHL in total)

With all that said, it wouldn't be blatantly incorrect to claim it was a lesser league; it might have been. But the degree to which Taylor outscored the rest of the league is downright cartoonish:

PCHA Scoring Leaders:

Name GP G A Pts PIM GPG APG PPG Best 5 G Best-5 A Best-5 Pts
Cyclone Taylor 130 159 104 263 65 1.22 0.80 2.02 1, 1, 1, 2, 2 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Tommy Dunderdale 241 194 60 254 494 0.80 0.25 1.05 1, 1, 1, 3, 6 3, 4, 5, 6, 6 1, 1, 3, 3, 5
Smokey Harris 252 156 90 246 416 0.62 0.36 0.98 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 1, 1, 2, 2, 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Mickey MacKay 192 159 82 241 193 0.83 0.43 1.26 1, 1, 2, 5, 6 1, 2, 2, 2, 4 2, 2, 2, 3, 5
Bernie Morris 167 155 76 231 137 0.93 0.46 1.38 1, 2, 2, 2, 4 1, 2, 2, 2, 3 1, 2, 2, 2, 4
Frank Foyston 202 174 53 227 133 0.86 0.26 1.12 1, 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 5, 7, 8, 11 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
Eddie Oatman 196 129 81 210 278 0.66 0.41 1.07 3, 3, 4, 5, 6 1, 3, 4, 4, 5 3, 3, 4, 4, 6
Jack Walker 186 82 58 140 31 0.44 0.31 0.75 4, 7, 9, 9, 11 3, 4, 4, 4, 6 4, 8, 9, 9, 10
Frank Fredrickson 105 93 46 139 83 0.89 0.44 1.32 1, 3, 4, 4, DNP 1, 2, 2, 3, DNP 1, 2, 2, 3, DNP

Before heading west and becoming a rover, Taylor was also the best defenseman in the East. Stats don't necessarily prove this as defensemen scored very little, but contemporary reports confirm that he was both dazzling and valuable.

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