The all encompassing "players of today vs players from the past" thread
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08-10-2012, 12:57 AM
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I have a post on it on another thread and will do more research into it later on but there is no doubt that there are more quality feeder systems into the NHL than ever before and it almost certainly has an impact of making the talent level of the league better IMO.
Talent level or skill level? Sorry to keep harping on it, but it's really the whole point in this line of discussion. Players are certainly better trained, but that's not a point against historic players because if they played today, they would also have access to that training.
Only things that cannot be explained by differing levels of training, equipment, strategies etc. should be considered when comparing players from different times. Modern players have better sticks. So what? If an older player was playing today, he'd use a modern stick. Modern players have advanced training techniques. Again, so what? If he were playing today he'd have access to that too.
This is the modern player bias. Holding things against historic players which they had no control over. Today's players are better, but can you demonstrate that's because of anything other than improved conditioning, equipment and training? That a historical player would not be just as good playing today, relatively speaking, because all these things would be available to him?
(Note that this is different than the O6 bias. That's a separate issue.)
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