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11-26-2012, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by RedWings19405 View Post
Devecchio had almost twice as many points as Abel did games played in the league. He had a higher point per game average in both the playoffs and post-season. He was a captain of the team for 10 decades. Only played in a Wings jersey 1550 games, I honestly still don't get how he wound up as low as he did.
I completely understand why Delvecchio ended up so high.


Abel won a Hart, was named to the 1st Team twice and the Second Team twice, led the league in goals once, was third another time, and 7th one more time. He was top-five in assists seven times and tenth one more. He finished top-five in points four times and 7th one more.

Delvecchio was a 2nd Teamer twice, once at C and once at LW. He was top five in points twice. He was top ten 11 times.

Abel clearly had a MUCH higher peak, and a notably better prime. Delvecchio had better longevity. A comparable argument might be Bobby Orr vs. Ray Bourque, or maybe Eric Lindros vs. Ron Francis.

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