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12-08-2012, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
I'm surprised that two people out of 21 have voted against Yzerman.

He had 517 goals and 1255 points in 942 games, and had been nominated for the Selke. He had more points than any other player during his career except for Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. By the end of 2000 he would pass Lemieux for 2nd, and add a Selke and 1st team selection (although that isn't relevant to this discussion).

He had posted the best non-Gretzky/Lemieux season ever seen in 1988-89.

He had been a top-5 and top-10 scorer many times.

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There are several seasons from Orr and Howe that are clearly better than any of Yzerman's. Even if one looks at the best seasons over the past 20-30 years, I'm not convinced that Yzerman's 1989 campaign is the best - one could certainly make a case for Hasek 1998, Fedorov 1994, Jagr 1999, Ovechkin 2008, Sakic 2001.

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