Evaluating the place in history of current Russian NHLers...
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12-09-2012, 05:30 PM
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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.
This is one case where playing for a 5-man unit didn't give Makarov an advantage. The Green Unit had only been together a few months before the 1981 Canada Cup, while Bossy had played with Trottier and Potvin for years. The All-Star forwards for that tournament were Sergei Shepelev (LW), Gilbert Perreault (C), Mike Bossy (RW).
1984 was probably the only Canada Cup where Bossy and Makarov were both in their primes. Note that Bossy scored 9 points in 8 games, while Makarov scored 7 points in 6 games. The All-Star forwards for that tournament were John Tonelli (LW), Wayne Gretzky (C), Sergei Makarov (RW).
I think Bossy was a better goal scorer than Makarov, but Makarov was a better passer.
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