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02-14-2012, 05:51 PM
nik jr
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Originally Posted by arrbez View Post
They're also a great example of how the ATD line-building canon isn't always right.

If they had never played together, you can almost guarantee that people would be all over that combo for a perceived lack of playmaking.

Just something for everyone (myself included) to keep in mind. Sublimely talented players can *usually* adapt to their situation quite well.
herb lewis, larry aurie and marty barry are another case.

aurie and barry scored more goals than assists, and lewis was close to even in goals and assists.

i had this sort of argument about my line of r conacher - ullman - howe. conacher was once 2nd in assists, ullman had basically the same career goals/assists ratio as abel, howe was in top 5 in assists 17 times (and in top 10 22 consecutive times!), and ullman was C for howe and lindsay in '57, but the line was criticized for lacking playmaking and being rebound-oriented.

obviously, when conacher played with cowley his stats would be biased towards goals, but he was not a bad playmaker.

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