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12-06-2012, 06:21 PM
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1979-80 nhl

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Posters who think the NHA/NHL was a superior league to the Western ones before 1926 really need to explain while slightly over half of the NHL's leading scorers in 1926-27 spent the previous season in the WHL (the successor to the WCHL after it absorbed the PCHA).
3 of the top 10 NHL scorers during the 1979-80 season played in the WHA during the 1978-79 season.

Given the relative size of the leagues prior to the respective consolidations the comparble to the WHA seems viable.

The only difference seems to be that the goaltending and defensemen from the western teams were a bit stronger in 1926-27.

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