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12-15-2012, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
Its pretty irrelevant. The talent pool is bigger but so is the league. Besides, it still doesnt really effect the top-end talent like Howe, Orr, Beliveau and so on. They are still competing versus eachother no matter how much you spin it around.

We are discussing the best not who had a hot season in '94 or '01.
Oh it's relevant, it just doesn't support your case.

Let's take the case for Howe in goalscoring in 51,52,53 he leads the NHL in scoring but I count close to 17 or 18 guys taking up the other 27 top 10 spots (variance).

Then in 54, at the old age of 25 he dips 16 goals from 49 to 33. He only falls to 2nd place from 1st.

In a larger league any drop of 16 goals from 1st is almost an automatic drop out of the top 5, the years it doesn't happen are exceptions.

In 55 he misses 6 games and scores only 29 goals good for 5th in 55 but it would have placed him in a tie for 2nd in 54.

You get the idea though, there is variance in each and every year and in every players career, throw in more variables and there is more chance for variance, ie add more teams and top players for non traditional feeder systems and you have more, or at least the likelihood of it, variance.

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