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12-01-2012, 05:52 PM
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ReginKarlssonLehner
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Originally Posted by MastuhNinks View Post
I think Jason Spezza is the slightly better player right now, but I'll take Kopitar overall as I feel he has yet to hit his prime whereas Spezza is likely passing his soon.
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I'm not sure what makes you think a forward's prime lasts until they are 34.

http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2010/...-game-peak-age


http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=8663 (although this is only goals)

Of course, this is not set in stone, but I think that saying his prime will last for another half decade is more than a little optimistic. Especially considering Spezza had a 3 year stretch where he scored at 1.32, 1.30 and 1.21 points per game, following that with 3 seasons of less than a point per game before his recent resurgence scoring at 1.05 points per game.
What are you talking about? Spezza had the best line in hockey when he was producing at the level of 1.3 and 1.2. He had two 100 point players and he himself was producing at 100 point seasons if his seasons weren't cut short.

Spezza remains near or over ppg the past 3 years with 3rd line or AHL linemates in Bobby Butler, Colin Greening, Ryan Shannon, Randy Robataille.

Last year he was still playing with Colin Greening and an average Michalek yet he bumped both their numbers up and his own passing the PPG mark.

Spezza with proper linemates can eclipse the 100 point mark he isn't close to passing his prime. If anything, Spezza is playing his best hockey ever.

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