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10-27-2011, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I see no reason to believe the talent pool itself was worse. I am sure it got bigger/better from the 60s to the 70s, just like it did from the 70s to the 80s and so on. Yes, obviously it was very spread out, mainly thanks to the WHA and fast expansion. This just means that the worst players were at an all-time low in terms of skill but should not affect the number of players worthy of an ATD/MLD.

your other two reasons are bang on though.
I think the North American talent pool has slowly increased over time, but IMO, the WHA siphoned off more good players than the slightly increased talent pool could make up for. So the NHL-only talent pool was probably weaker in the 70s than in the 60s (or at any other time since World War 2).

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