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11-12-2012, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Hawkey Town 18 View Post
Mario factored in on the highest % of a team's goals ever that season and led the league in scoring (led Yzerman by a margin of 22%). Whether it's best player or most valuable, it should've been Mario.
Disregarding the effect they had on their teammates' totals, Lemieux played with the #5 (Brown, 115 pts) and #13 (Quinn, 94 pts) scorers on his line and the #6 scorer (Coffey, 113 pts) behind him. Yzerman had the #14 scorer (Gallant, 93 pts) and the #55 scorer (MacLean, 71 pts), with his top defenseman (Chiasson, 47 pts) finishing 127th.

While Mario clearly produced more offense, other teams had to actually worry about Pens players besides Mario. Yzerman also served as the Wings' checking center that season due to depth issues, which is a pretty big plus to a 155-point season when your team has no other skilled offensive players.

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