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12-15-2012, 10:00 PM
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tombombadil
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
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.
leading the league is leading the league, regardless of league size. But if you guys were talking top 10's, then ya... there were only 18 top line forwards in the O6..... a top end talent should make the top 10 every single healthy year.

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