Rick Tocchet or Owen Nolan?
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01-06-2013, 06:19 AM
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Best seasons by adjusted points:
Nolan: 91, 85, 75, 67, 65, 64, 62, 61, 55, 53
Tocchet: 88*, 80, 67, 64, 63, 60, 57, 53, 52, 52
*Played on the same line as peak Mario Lemieux
Nolan was definitely the better offensive player.
Did Tocchet really bring that much more to the table
Tkachuk > Nolan > Tocchet IMO. Tocchet was a great complementary piece, but teams were built around Tkachuk.
I don't see how those totals show that there was really much separating them at all. They're actually eerily similar, except Nolan's one big season stands out if we downgrade Tocchet's Lemieux year. Keep in mind that adjusted stats tend to downgrade 80s players and benefit DPE players. If Nolan was a bit better offensively in the regular season I think you could make an argument that Tocchet's playoffs and the fact that I think he was just that much tougher/nastier/more feared put him over the top.
I agree about Tkachuk though, even if Vadim has a point about his playoffs and leading poor teams. He was just too far ahead offensively at his peak to not be above these two.
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