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03-22-2011, 12:01 PM
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Wayne Gretzky won the Art Ross 7 times prior to the age of 27. 3 times after that.
Average for Gretzky: 20+21+22+23+24+25+26+29+30+33 = 253/20 = 25.3 years old.
Average for Jagr: 22+25+26+27+28 = 25.6 years old.
Average for Lemieux: 22+23+26+27+30+31 = 26.5 years old.
Average for the winners breaking that up: 29+22+22+19+26+28+29+24 = 24.875
EDIT: And Sedin turned 30 last September, he was 29 last year.
Ask Mario Lemieux and Gretzky and Jagr why they didn't keep winning them. Answer=injury slowed them down/the clutch and grab era. You could cross check a guy all day in front of the net, use your stick to waterski with him and hack his ankles without a penalty. All of those guys were slowed due to injury. Mario Lemieux himself was big on having the game changed to allow skilled players to play. And as such, the Sedins, St. Louis, Selanne, B. Richards, Iginla are all having career type years in their 30's. There is no reason to think Crosby/Ovechkin will not win the trophy after age 26.
Look at recent history - you have Stamkos + the 03 draft dominating the league. Those same guys will continue dominating the league the next 10 years.
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