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11-06-2012, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by habsfanatics View Post
I'm not sure how anyone can argue against this unless they somehow have a vested interest. How does Russian goal scorers coming over make it more difficult for Lemieux and Gretzky to put up points? The Euro/Russia defencemen have been pretty mediocre, aside from Lidstrom.
You seem to be missing the concept of adjusted stats. Basically, the increased competition increases the difficulty of the "curve", since disproportionately more high scoring forwards should (other things being equal) increase the league avg. GPG, which would lower adjusted stats for any given level of raw production.

Originally Posted by habsfanatics View Post
Of course if the league gets tougher, Chris Nilan and the gang are going to be hurt more than the top point getters and to think otherwise is pretty absurd and baseless imo.
I can see arguments going both ways. The argument as to top players would be disproportionately adversely affected would probably be as follows. Three main reasons often cited for the decrease in league scoring in the 90s, and their possible implications are:

1. More defensive systems/coaching- These probably focus more on preventing the top lines from scoring, since they tend to do most of the scoring.

2. Lack of rules enforcement- Clutch and grab, hook and hold type play that was allowed in that era may hurt top players more, since it neutralizes those players' speed and skill, while lower line players may get more garbage goals and be used to that type of playing style (since they may play that way themselves more than top line players do).

3. Better/bigger goalie equipment- Larger coverage of the net due to larger goalie equipment and quicker reactions allowed by lighter equipment may hurt top players more, since they have much better aim and can "pick corners" and deke goalies more effectively. Players who may be getting a large % of goals in front of the net, off their stick or bodies, or who are throwing pucks blindly and/or randomly at the net and hoping to get lucky, may be less affected by such changes.

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