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11-20-2012, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
There are many, many people who think that Orr is the best of all-time, and that Lemieux, had he not suffered so many illnesses and injuries throughout the course of his career, would have had greater statistical peaks than Gretzky. You can certainly make a great case for Wayne at #1, but by no means is that the consensus.
If what you are saying is true, then how is it that Gretzky was able to maintain a higher PPG average over around 600 more games played (keeping in mind it is much easier to maintain a high PPG average over fewer games)? How is it that Gretzky owns the two highest PPG averages over a course of a season? Shouldn't Mario have at least had one of those? And how is it that Gretzky has the two highest goal scoring seasons of all time, and Brett Hull of all people even beat Mario in that category? Shouldn't Mario be higher than the 4th best goal scoring season of all time? And how is it that Mario's best assist season ever is tied for Gretzky's 8th worst? If it's about peak, then why can't Mario hold a candle to Gretzky in any seasonal category? People say that Mario's 160 points in 60 games in 1993 was better than anything Wayne ever did. Well then how is it that Gretzky scored 175 points in 60 games in 83-84? The best peak of all time was Gretzky 153 points in 51 (consecutive) games in 83-84. Before his injury, he was on pace for 240 points in only 80 games (that's exactly 3 PPG...totally ridiculous). Mario never had a peak like that, even when he was healthy.

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