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12-28-2012, 06:13 PM
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Shero Flyers say hello. Then you have the Gilbert Perreault Sabres, both contemporaries of Dionne. Teams were very effective moving the puck into the offensive zone.

Move the timeline to the Doug Gilmour Leafs, or the present day Tampa Bay Lightning, recent Carolina Hurricanes, Sedin/Naslund era Canucks. Best first pass defenseman is the level of a Dave Ellett.

There was also a commitment to defensive play from the lead forward(s)
I can't speak from knowledge of any of the other teams, but the Sedin/Naslund era Canucks first had Ed Jovanovski (who was boneheaded on D but a great puck mover) and Alex Edler (similar to Jovanovski but slightly better and more consistent), each better at puck moving than Dave Ellett.

Still, if any of those teams had a Paul Coffey or a Larry Murphy or a Phil Housley, they'd probably score many more points than they did without those PMDs. Those are examples of franchises succeeding despite having an elite PMD, not because of it. Do you think the Oilers or Penguins would have scored as much without Coffey? Senators without Karlsson?

Do you not think Marcel Dionne eclipses 2000 points if he has Brad Park wheeling the play behind him for a decade?

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