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12-08-2012, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by toob View Post
Bernie Nicholls was much closer to Lemieux statswise than he was to Yzerman for about half of 89. But the entire refrain of that year was Gretzky/Lemieux/Yzerman. Is his season also on this level? If you are saying no then you are clearly admitting implicitly that you are going beyond just a look at the numbers or placements.
Strawman argument. Nicholls (whose 1989 is underrated) racked up a ton of points playing with Gretzky on the powerplay. Completely irrelevant to Jagr vs Yzerman.

Denis Savard in 88 scored at a 2+ ppg pace for over half of the year. Yet nobody was talking about Gretzky/Lemieux/Savard.
Savard with 5th in Hart voting in 1988; Yzerman was 4th. How big do you think the difference actually was?

Edit: I agree with you that looking at stats in a vacuum is wrong; I just have trouble finding circumstances that advantaged Jagr statistically or disadvantaged Yzerman.

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