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04-27-2012, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Half of Nevin's best seasons were in the pre-expansion era. He didn't show much decline until the mid-70s, then exploded for a phenomenal season in 1975, one of the best ever by someone at age 35. 1975 would definitely qualify as a season where he was his team's MVP, and LA was a great team too.

(by the way, the comment about a larger, less compressed league sounds like you think "within team" placements are less important than league wide... I agree. that's what I started with!)

Anyway, his best ESP finishes on his team:

1st (1966 NYR)
1st (1975 LAK)
2nd (1967 NYR)
3rd (1961 TOR)
4th (1968 NYR)
4th (1969 NYR)
5th (1962 TOR)
5th (1971 NYR)
5th (1974 LAK)

What years was Laprade NYR's MVP? I'm just curious how terrible they were those seasons so I can judge how impressive that is. (Of course, getting into MVP talk is more about overall impact and I only joined this discussion regarding offensive production.)
Laprade was co-MVP in 1949 and MVP of the Rangers in 1950. This is displayed prominently in his profile.

It was a weaker era than Nevin's, but Laprade was more prominent within that weaker era.

The statistical comparison also forgets that Laprade lost several prime seasons to World War 2. He joined the NHL in 1945-46 as a 26 year old already in his statistical prime, but was clearly NHL-calibre as early as 1943, when he did a memorable job against Milt Schmidt and the Krauts in the Allan Cup playoffs

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