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11-24-2012, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Killion View Post
Like a lot of guys during that period, the generation coming out of the late 50's, many bridled against the draconian meanderings of old school coaches like Ray & Imlach, some going completely loco & AWOL like Carl Brewer, Mahovlich, countless others who just gave up & quit altogether. It was indeed the Best of Times and the Worst of Times in many respects.
It seems like Mahovlich's career could have gone much differently in a more favorable environment. Here's a thought experiment: What if Frank Mahovlich and Espo switched places... or both were in similar circumstances, whether their own historical ones or random ones? Interestingly, Mahovlich has almost the inverse career curve to Espo's: great until ~25, substantial drop toward mediocrity, and then very good again from ~33-34. He also had ~19 good seasons, compared to Espo's 16. I wouldn't be surprised if Mahovlich could have at least come close to matching Espo in many environments.

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