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12-10-2012, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Fedorov was on pace for 100 in both 92-93 and 94-95. And Modano's defense was considerably overrated.



I haven't seen either of these things happening (Z on top-ten lists or Z over Kovalchuk) but since Z has entered the league, he's averaged a mere 8 fewer points per 82 games than Kovalchuk while playing Selke level defense compared to Kovalchuk's below average to average D. In the past three seasons, the gap has closed to four points.

But this comparison doesn't quite work out perfectly; Selanne is/has been better than Kovalchuk defensively, while Modano has NEVER been as good as Zetterberg defensively. It's a tighter scoring gap and a wider defensive gap. If you vote Kovalchuk, you have to vote Selanne. If you vote Modano, you have to vote Zetterberg. Voting Selanne or Zetterberg can go either way, of course.
Is that really true? Not that Kovy's defense is much to talk about, but neither is Selšnne's.


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