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11-07-2012, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Got to disagree with you there: Howe and Richard played when talent was distilled down to six teams. One can make a valid point about how players from Europe increased the talent pool, but you have to qualify that with the fact that that talent has been spread over five times as many teams which pretty much makes it a wash.
The competition for rankings and awards is dependent primarily on the total NHL talent pool (in particular the top end of that pool), not the average amount of talent per team. If you condensed today's NHL to 6 teams, it wouldn't change the competition for rankings and awards much. However, those players who were good enough to "make the cut" (and these are the types we usually discuss) would have a much greater chance at winning a Cup each season. Either way, there's a much larger NHL talent pool over the past 2-3 decades than there was in Howe/Richard's O6 days.

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