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07-11-2011, 11:26 AM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Paton was probably the best goalie of the 1880s. But given competition levels, how impressive is that? We certainly don't think it's the same as being Benedict, Plante, Dryden, or Roy, the bests of their respective eras (and, we're much more sure that they were the best, than we are about Paton) .
There are two factors in making that determination:

- the quality of competition, and

- the degree of dominance

"Best" is not a constant. If Paton is 100% better than his closest competition, that can put him above a 1905 goalie who's 50% better than his closest competition. Just pulling some numbers to make the point, of course.

Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I would not call those players Paton's contemporaries.
You have an awfully narrow definition of "contemporaries" then.

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