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11-22-2012, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by trentmccleary View Post
Face-off % (2001-present)
Spezza = 52.1
Yashin = 46.1

Playoffs (Career)
Spezza = 53-17-34-51, 0.96
Yashin = 48-11-16-27, 0.56

Regular Season (Career)
Spezza = 606-226-390-616, 1.02
Yashin = 850-337-444-781, 0.92

Peak Seasons
Yashin = a mere two PPG seasons
Spezza = four times in the top-6 in PPG (4th, 5th, 5th, 6th)

No debate here, Spezza is much better than Yashin ever was defensively.

So uh, what was it that you were saying? ... Because I thought that it might have been something ridiculous.
Spezza's PPG advantage can be accounted for by a couple things. One, he centered the Pizza line. McEachern was the best linemate Yashin ever had in Ottawa. Spezza played with Heatley and Alfredsson at their peaks.

Furthermore, Yashin played in a lower scoring period. If you account for that difference, Yashin's offensive numbers are actually better.

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