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06-15-2011, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Railman View Post
Crosby and Ovechkin are at least two tiers below Lemieux -- players like Jagr being in the tier between them -- and they're the best in the league right now.
It's dangerous to compare eras like that. Lemieux and Gretzky played in an era where goals came like water and goaltenders were, quite frankly, crap. Unscreened slapshots from the wings were legitimate scoring shots in those days.

Even in the endangered New NHL, there simply isn't as many goals being scored now as there was then. If Lemieux or Gretzky or Orr played today, even at the peak of their powers, neither could match their previous production. There are ways to adjust for era effects, but they're of course fraught with imprecision.

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