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04-08-2012, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Primeau was "key to his line" in the same way as Jere Lehtinen was key to the Lehtinen-Modano-Hull line.

Primeau was the defensive conscience and glue guy of the line, but Jackson was the more talented player.
In addition to being the glue guy and defensive conscience, Primeau was also the line's primary puck-carrier and playmaker. He's the guy who advanced the puck up ice, and created many of the offensive chances that Conacher and Jackson finished on. Looking at adjusted assist/point totals, Primeau's offensive contributions are higher than Jackson's.

Jackson had more natural ability, but that doesn't make him the better hockey player.

Originally Posted by monster_bertuzzi View Post
Exactly. Primeau is the Rucchin to Kariya and Selanne, or the Morrison to Naslund and Bertuzzi. Obviously not that dramatic, but you get the idea.
Not exactly.

Primeau outscored Jackson a few times, and that doesn't even account for under-recorded assists of the time.

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