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12-09-2012, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I agree with this. I think there's a very good case that Makarov was actually a better player than Mike Bossy, though we'll never know for sure.
I think that's pushing it a bit. We have the Canada Cups to show a small sample size:

1981 Canada Cup
Bossy - 11 points
Makarov - 9 points

1984 Canada Cup
Bossy - 9 points
Makarov - 7 points

Bossy outpoints him there. Not the best sample size but it's a start. What we don't know is how Makarov would have fared outside of the KLM line. How dominant is he if he doesn't have those two? Now, I think we saw enough of him to know the guy was a dominant player in his own right, no question. But does he produce at the level of Bossy? 9 seasons of 50+ goals is insane and we know Bossy did that, but could Makarov? Bossy was very much like Makarov, he was a surgeon with the puck, especially when he shot.

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