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11-15-2012, 07:42 PM
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Hardyvan123
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
In principle, you're right, but why should we believe that in a league where there are 18 forwards, the Sedins would not be 1st liners? That's where this breaks down.
Well they aren't 1st liners for team Sweden and sweden can compete with Canada, as well the Czechs, Slovaks, USA, Russia, Finland are all competitive.

Harvey played in an all Canadian league, not his fault, but lets not confuse the different landscapes Harvey and Lidstrom played in.

The "best are always the best" doesn't address depth and chances of variation (in stats, awards, SC ect) between a 6 to 30 team league.

It's still hockey but there is an orange, tangerine comp going on , not an apples to apples one.

Well actually it's common for some to make it an apples and apples one but the facts don't drive this, maybe the sticky does, but respecting an era is completely different than saying that all eras are the same.

I think a distortion of the sticky leads to much of this apple versus apple type of thinking which is not supported by the facts IMO.

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