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08-21-2012, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ot92s View Post
What do you think would give you a more superficial concept of how a player would perform in a future game, actually watching a game or reading the box score the next day?
So how does one exactly evaluate the differences in the level of play and the degree of difficulty between say watching Wayne 81-87 and watching games between 06-12?

Looking at as many statistical models and numbers is going to tell us a lot more about the differences in the two eras than our eyes will.

I watched a lot of hockey, and Wayne in the 80's and I watch a lot today.

The level of play and pace in the 80's overall isn't that much greater than the WHL games I attend today. (That's the eye test and I'm talking level of play, time and space and teams abilities to defend ect.. not the age and strength of players).

To think that Wayne would only dip 40-50 points in his prime, and quite a few ahve suggested quite a bit less, doesn't stand up to the numbers in todays NHL game, in terms of talent and how hard it is to score.

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