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11-20-2012, 04:51 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.

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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