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12-08-2012, 06:13 PM
vadim sharifijanov
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
A further note to Al only getting Norris recognition in 87 and not 88, it's based on a false reputation on his age 21 season IMO, something that took Al too long to shake and he was a much better overall player throughout his career than his Norris voting stats give him credit for IMO.
seems more to be a flavour of the month thing. he gets a little norris recognition and is a second team all-star in '87 partly on the strength of his '86 finals run.

then in '88 along comes mccrimmon, who doesn't miss a beat without howe. so he's going to get extra recognition for a reevaluation of what he provided to the howe/mccrimmon pairing.

then you have suter breaking out in a huge way (91 points in his third year). he's also a flashier d-man, shades of young brian leetch a few years later.

so it makes sense that voters aren't going to give recognition to three defenseman on the same team and al was the odd man out that year.

i mean, we all know this: guys in new situations or guys making a big leap in their games usually get a little extra push. macinnis himself got it in '87. none of those three guys was yet at that undeniably eilte level macinnis would get to from '89-'91 (i mean '89 playoffs to the 102 point season), and it just happened in '88 that mccrimmon and suter were better stories than macinnis was.

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