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12-14-2012, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by GuineaPig View Post
I would argue that Malkin wasn't better than Crosby in 2009, let alone clearly better like you claim.
Malkin was clearly better. Malkin set the playoff points record and couldn't be contained by Datsyuk while Zetterberg used his magical defense to turn Crosby into a wooden block for the second straight year.

Originally Posted by Richard View Post
Adam Oates wasn't even the best player on his team in his prime, let alone in the running for best player in the world.
Oates was better than Hull when they were together with the Blues (and when Oates was a Bruin); Oates made that St. Louis offense work. Hull received the Hart trophy because he had gaudy goal totals from sitting around waiting for Oates to do the work, while Oates posted 25-90-115 in 61 games or 33-118-151 in 80 (Hull had 86-45-131 in 78). Oates was also the reason the Blues had the puck (elite faceoff man) and key for covering Hull's snail pace (strong defensive presence).

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