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04-10-2012, 12:11 PM
nik jr
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I don't think Howe played with Ullman much, but Ullman was a goal scorer more than a playmaker so your point kind of stands.
i am fairly sure howe played with ullman in '57 and '58. i know they were linemates in '57. i think delvecchio may have played LW in '58.

i had this argument in my 1st ATD, and i still don't think ullman was more a goalscorer. only in '65 did ullman have more goals than assists, and ullman's career ratio of goals to assists is almost the same as sid abel's. ullman was a balanced offensive player.

490g - 739a --- .66g per assist

sid abel
189g - 283a --- .67g per assist

456g - 825a --- .55g per assist

abel and especially delvecchio probably got more easy assists from playing with howe and lindsay, whereas ullman more often played with role players.

ullman in '57: 16g, 36a
ullman in '58: 23g, 28a

lindsay led the NHL in assists in '57, though, and ullman trailed howe and delvecchio in assists in '58.

jean beliveau in his autobiography, writing about gretzky:
He had great peripheral vision on the ice, and if a teammate was about to get open, he'd find him, a lot like Norm Ullman used to do.
this quote from howe also indicates ullman preferred to pass:
"Normie always tried to move past one too many men, so he could make the perfect pass," Howe said. "Once he started to shoot, he started scoring more goals."

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