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06-11-2005, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Malefic74
Because he played a very large role in 5 of the 6 Cups. The playoffs are where defensive hockey really comes to the fore. Defensive players get away with more clutching and grabbing, over the course of a series snipers become marked men. Yet it is in these situations that Anderson excelled. 214 pts in 225 playoff games.

With Edmonton
82-83 16GP, 10G, 10A, 20Pts
83-84 19GP, 6G, 11A, 17Pts
84-85 18GP, 10G, 16A, 26Pts
85-86 10GP, 8G, 3A, 11Pts
86-87 22GP, 10G, 12A, 22Pts

Without Gretzky
87-88 19GP, 9G, 16A, 25Pts
88-89 7GP, 1G, 2A, 3Pts
89-90 22GP, 10G, 22A, 22Pts
90-91 18GP, 6G, 7A, 13Pts

With Toronto
92-93 21GP, 7G, 11A, 18Pts

More than 10 goals in the playoffs 4 times. Point-per-game or better 6 out of 10 seasons in the playoffs. The guy was as clutch as it gets. 17 playoff game winning goals.

He rarely played with Gretz, usually paired with Messier and created at lot of his own goals by driving the net like few before him and even fewer after. 3 of his Cups came WITHOUT Gretzky on his team, and in the 88 and 90 Cup runs it was Anderson and Messier that drew the best checkers the opposition had. In both cases he was better than a point per game.

I don't see how you can just attribute numbers like that to "luck" or better teammates, Anderson was a big, big part of what the Oilers were; he didn't ride anybody's coattails. pointing the finger at a guys linemates is a cop out. No one said Ted Lindsay was just the beneficiary of Howe. No one says Trottier was just riding shotgun with Bossy. They made one another better.
I agree that Anderson should be in the hall but naysayers make similar claims about Neely's (and many others') supposedly bloated supporting cast as well. It's a lazy argument and one that would quickly turn into a "he never won anything" if Anderson played on a less successful team. I saw it earlier in another thread in regards to Doug Gilmour and how he won a cup in Calgary "but on a stacked team". Well, someone has to be helping to hold that stack up--Gilmour had 22 points in 22 playoff games. With Anderson it's a similar thing, the Oilers may have been stacked but a team is a sum of it's parts and Anderson was not a bit player he a big part was a top 4 forward.

Also, not to nitpick but since it was the B's he hammered i'll have to mention that Gretzky was not only still on the 1988 Oilers but he won the Conn Smythe that year. He was then traded to LA in August.

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