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11-22-2012, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
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.
No, the best linemate he ever had was Alfredsson (in IIRC; the 1996-97 & 2000-01 seasons).

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Furthermore, Yashin played in a lower scoring period. If you account for that difference, Yashin's offensive numbers are actually better.
Goals per game, per season since the start of Yashin's career until now.
Blue = Yashin only
Red = Both Yashin & Spezza played
Green = Spezza only

6.48
6.29

6.17
5.97
5.89
5.83
5.83
5.68
5.59
5.57

5.51
5.47
5.31
5.28
5.27
5.24

5.14

Yashin played in all of the top-6 highest scoring seasons of the past 17 seasons. Perhaps we should be making 'era' arguments for Spezza.

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