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12-06-2010, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
More competitive for sure but the arguments saying this is because the league is more talented now is not an accurate assessment imo.

I maintain that the speed of the game dilutes the talent level and the league is not more talented now, the talent is just spread around more evenly that it was in previous "era's".
Yes, talent is spread. But lets assume if in the old times you had to play against stacked Team A and a crappy Team B. Top defenseman plays 25-30 minutes per night. While against Team A he mainly faces one top line. He rarely plays against the other one (who might be just as good). In next game he plays against crappy Team B. Again he will play against the top line, but it's much weaker this time.

Nowadays talent is spread. Both teams are equally good. Team B has essentially Team A's other top line. Our top defenseman plays games against Team A and Team B top line. Now he faces both strong lines, not just one.

In which case it's harder to play, dominate, put up good numbers, etc?

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