Stevens-Niedermayer vs Pronger-Niedermayer
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11-16-2012, 08:29 AM
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Only one of those came while Stevens and Niedermayer were on the same team.
In '93-'94 Stevens and Niedermayer combined for 124 points in 164 games.
In '06-'07 Pronger and Niedermayer combined for 128 points in 145 games.
These are the best combined season totals for the two.
Stevens never scored over 31 points following his monster '93-'94 season where he scored 78. The 2nd best point total for the Devils duo was 97 points in 161 games, 3rd is 83 points in 161 games. There's a fair sized drop off in offensive production after this.
In the two other seasons Pronger and Niedermayer played together, they combined for 68 points in 120 games (pace for 93 points over 164 games) and 107 points in 164 games.
Even just looking at the best years the Devils duo had, clearly the Ducks duo has the edge offensively. We can argue Stevens vs Pronger defensively all night long, but I don't think anyone is going to argue with the fact that Ducks Niedermayer >> Devils Niedermayer defensively, certainly by a larger margin than you could argue Stevens over Pronger IMO.
Having said all that, I think the Ducks duo is clearly the better of the two.
You're comparing two different eras here. The game in 1994 was a hell of a lot different from the game in 2006. Comparing their offensive production is nearly meaningless because of that. Of course it's going to be slanted toward the Anaheim pairing, because the league as a whole was scoring more.
You're also not comparing the same Niedermayer. Of course he'd score more as a more experienced player than he did as a kid.
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