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11-20-2012, 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
When I think of hockey players that operated at a true "genius" level -- meaning if there were a league above the NHL where players could get called up to play against the hockey gods themselves, these guys would still be good players in that league -- I really only think of three names. Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux.
In other words: the size of the talent pool is a relevant factor in the evaluation of every player in history - except Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux.

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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Shouldn't Harvey be judged on what his innovations allowed him to achieve, rather than on the fact that they were innovative?

That's a much improved reformulation of my earlier question: "Is originality of merit in hockey?" And the answer is: No, what you actually contribute to scoring/preventing goals is of merit, whether innovative or not.

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