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04-17-2012, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by ck26 View Post
I think that has something to do with the serpentine draft format: 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5, etc ... You could debate "talent plateaus" all day ... i.e.: the idea that Orr, Gretzky, Howe and Lemieux are all close, then there's a drop-off to Richard, Harvey and Beliveau. Look at Orr + an Henri Richard-esque 60th best player compared to a 28/33 combination like Lidstrom / Trottier / Fetisov. It's been a few years since I was in one of these, so maybe my rankings are off, but most of the time I'd rather have the latter.
Agreed. The ATD used to be less competitive when Howe won than it is now. If you look at the overall history of the ATD (and not just the exceptions), this is true. It's easier to win with Sakic & Coffey than it is with Orr & Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.

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