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11-20-2012, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Basically, yes. Those three shattered the curve. Whether they played in 1960 or 2012, they were simply THAT much better than anyone else in the world. The talent pool in any given year consists of "everyone who is not Wayne, Mario or Bobby".

Of course, there's always the possibility that one of the early greats could have fit into that category, but it's practically impossible to find out.
It's more accurate way of thinking than labeling every all-time great as an outlier (or genius). And then pointing out that genius is genius no matter the era. But with those three you knew who was the best player in the league, every single year during their prime. Same can't be said about most others. You could argue that Harvey was not even the best player on his team during some years. Same with Lidstrom.

Although one could argue about adding Howe to those three. But that's a different topic.

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