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12-25-2012, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Jagorim Jarg View Post
You're almost suggesting that there's a pre-set number of assists to be distributed among the players.

Without defensemen who can capably rush the puck, less offense will be produced.
There is a pre-set number of assists - two per goal.

Following demonstrates your bolded claim to be false - 1961-62 Canadiens scored more goals without Doug Harvey then they ever did with Doug Harvey:

Without Harvey:

With Harvey:

Still had Jacques Plante to direct the transition. Simply the centers came back deeper. Handled the puck earlier in the transition which took an extra pass or two. This meant the defenseman playing the puck originally would not get credit for an assist should a goal result.

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