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09-26-2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by charliolemieux View Post
So this proves that by their late 20"s when players are considerend in their "prime" they have started to pay less focus on offense and started to play defense.

Is this not the argument epitiomed by Yzerman? Sacrificing pure offensive talent to play a more complete 2-way game? And therefore enter the Prime(most effective part) of their carreer.
Not quite. The stats indicate offensive performance declines in the mid-late twenties. They don't measure defensive ability at all.

You'd have to create another study assessing defensive performance by age, and then compare the trends in the defensive and offensive performance studies to see if declining offense in the mid-late twenties correlates to improved defensive play. From there, you'd have to prove the the causal mechanism (players focus on defensive responsibilities as they age, and offence subsequently suffers).

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