Thread: Sergei Fedorov
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11-10-2012, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
If Fedorov had focused on offense-first like Lafleur did, or his former linemate Bure for that matter, he would have dominated the scoring lists.
If by dominate the scoring lists you mean have similar finishes as Bure, Kariya, Selanne, Forsberg, Lindros... even that is questionable:

Fedorov- 2,9
Bure- 2,3,5,7
Kariya- 3,3,4,7
Selanne- 2,2,5,5,7,8
Forsberg- 2,4,5,9
Lindros- 1,6,7
Sakic- 2,2,3,4,5,5,6,6,8,10

At most, I see a less defensive Fedorov getting another top 10 or two in '92 and/or '95 (or maybe his anomaly in '03)... maybe squeaking into the top five in '95 or '96. 4 top 10 and 2 top 5 finishes still puts him toward the bottom of those 7 players (incl. himself)... who are still way behind Lemieux (when healthy) and Jagr. He lost a Ross to Gretzky, but all the others players (except Kariya) lost a Ross to Jagr.

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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
You say the difference between Lafleur and Fedorov is bigger than that of Datsyuk and Kovalchuk?

Hmm. Let's use HR's adjuted stats to do some testing of your theory.

Adjusted stats:
Datsyuk 732GP, 261-504-765 (29-56-85)
Kovalchuk 779GP, 445-401-846 (47-42-89)

Lafleur 1126GP, 480-681-1161 (35-50-85)
Fedorov 1248GP, 508-718-1226 (33-47-80)

Looks like it's about the same difference. It's a wider gap by a very tiny margin, but Fedorov IMHO was better defensively than Datsyuk.

So your question. Would you take Datsyuk or Kovalchuk? The answer might tell you whether you would take Fedorov or Lafleur.
I don't think too many are going to take Fedorov over Lafleur... just a hunch.

If you use different pairings:

Fedorov
Datsyuk

Lafleur
Kovalchuk

Most will probably take Fedorov, but Datsyuk would be a nice consolation prize... Fedorov with a bit lower peak and possibly not as much longevity.

You're going to have to search high and low for any serious fan that would even think about taking Kovalchuk over Lafleur. Kovalchuk would need to play several more years to have a possible career value advantage, but even then it would be an uphill battle vs. Lafleur.

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