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12-09-2012, 03:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
I think Makarov has a really strong case as the 2nd best player in the world in the 80's.

His line in 3 Canada cups in the 80's was 22-16-15-31 and was excellent in the Olympics and international play as well.

Depending on how one judges a decade Mario has 5 0r 6 years in the 80's and unless you are an absolute peak guy, what Makarov did in the extra 4-5 seasons makes up the difference IMO.
It's not just about Lemieux and Yzerman though.
You have Bossy to deal with up until 85/86 and both Mario and Yzerman to deal with in 87/88-89/90.

So the reality is, the only year you could make a clear case as the 2nd best in the world is the one season, 86/87.

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