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10-10-2012, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
Thanks for that on Burns. Is it fair to assume that some of the most talent per capita - so to speak - accumulated right in that time just before expansion? Thus, allowing expansion to occur, in some respects?
I personally think it was more linear, from the time they went down to 6 teams until 1967. The talent was there to expand earlier, but by 1967 that glut of players able to compete at the NHL level had finally reached critical mass or whatever you want to call it.

I tend to say the last few years before expansion were the highest caliber ever for the NHL, basically in terms of comparing the size of the talent pool to the number of NHL jobs available. I have no hard numbers to support this; it's just intuition.

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