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12-07-2012, 07:04 PM
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pdd
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Originally Posted by Epsilon View Post
I only see one 1st place finish: 88/89. In 89/90 he'd still finish behind Messier. But otherwise I completely agree with you.

Statements like "Without Lemieux and Gretzky around, Yzerman would have dominated his era far above the others in the same way Jagr dominated his" are one of the most persistent myths out there, but the data doesn't support it. It really only applies to one season, and somehow that season get's extrapolated outwards.
Yzerman, during his prime (87-88 through 92-93) posted a PPG of 1.55, which is 127 points per 82 games. Adam Oates and Pat LaFontaine both posted 1.37, which would be 112. A 13% lead. For Jagr, from 1993-94 to 2000-01, Jagr posted 1.49 PPG. Eric Lindros posted 1.37, and Sakic posted 1.27.

Seems to be comparable domination offensively. And that doesn't even account for the fact that "offensive prime Yzerman" was far better defensively than any incarnation of Jagr.

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