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11-23-2012, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Simple. Take Orr away especially in 1971 and 1974. The second place finisher is Orr in those years and he's relatively close to Esposito. Without Orr we are talking about an even bigger gap. Here's what I mean:

1971 - Esposito 152, Orr 139
Take Orr away and the next best player is Bucyk at 115 if you even think he hits that without Orr. The best non-Bruin was Hull at 96. Even if Esposito "only" gets 130 points he is still 34 away from the next best scorer if Bucyk drops below Hull. You see what I mean? It isn't really a big issue, but it just is a way to debunk this idea that Esposito was who he was because of Orr, because if you look at it he was still head and shoulders above the rest of the NHL either way.
71, and the early 70's some weird things are going on in the scoring though here is a list of the non Bruin top 20 scorers (all 13 of them), and their ages in 71

Bobby Hull 32
Norm Ullman 35
Jean Beliveau 39
Dave Keon 30
Walt Tkaczuk 23
Yvon Cournoyer 27
Frank Mahovolich 33
Stan Mikita 30
Gilbert Perrault 20
Jean Ratelle 30
Jude Druin 22
Tom Webster 22
Andre Boudrias 27

Any dominance of this group in their makeup and age has to be taken with a grain of salt IMO.

74 has some weird things going on to which make it sort of the perfect storm as well.

Clarke, MacLeish and Dionne, all still very young and not in their prime, have down years between very good ones, Perrault is injured which affects Rick Martins scoring a bit. Mikita drops off his PPG pace a huge amount from the year before. Just alot of weird stuff going on.

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