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11-24-2012, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DisgruntledGoat View Post
And if all that wasn't enough, he also played at an incredibly high level for an incredibly long time (if there's a more impressive record than Howe's 20 consecutive years in the top 5 of scoring, I don't know what it is).
I think this is more impressive: Wayne Gretzky in the top 3 in scoring for his first 13 NHL seasons and nine of those he was #1, three times he was #2, and once #3. He was injured in his 14th season. He was #1 again in his 15th season. He was #19 in the lockout-shortened 94-95 season. Then in his 17th, 18th, and 19th seasons, he was 12th, 4th, and 3rd respectively. His 20th and final season he was 33rd.

So over 20 seasons:
Ten #1 finishes,
Three #2 (he was tied with Dionne in 1979-80 but Dionne had more goals)
Two at #3
Once at #4

Only 10/20 seasons, he wasn't #1. Only 7/20 seasons he wasn't in the top two. Only 5/20 seasons he wasn't in the top 3 and only 4/20 seasons he wasn't in the top 4.

The four seasons he wasn't in the top 4:
-1992-93 - Only played 45 games, scored 65 points.
-1994-95 - Lockout-shortened 48 game season where I believe player performance is not a great indicator of what they would have been able to do in a full season with a normal schedule with a full training camp.
-1995-96 - 12th place in scoring but he did get 102 points.
-1998-99 - Scored 62 points in 70 games but didn't have really have anyone to play with.

Gordie Howe's 20 consecutive seasons in the top 5:
Six #1 finishes
One at #2
Five at #3
Three at #4
Five at #5

Still very impressive, but I'd say Gretzky's is more impressive.

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