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01-06-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
I think it is a little less simple than this. There have always been great players in the NHL and always will. There is never an easy time to win a major award in the NHL. Period. However, it has been brought up that Dionne would have had an easier time standing out in certain seasons in his career and I pointed out that this is simply not true.
If you take a look at the top 5 players in scoring each year since expansion...

These seasons have the lowest average for the top 3 adjusted point seasons of each player:

1976 97
2012 98
2011 99
1977 100
1978 102
2003 104
2004 104
2002 105
2010 105
1979 106
2009 107
2001 107
2007 108
2008 110

We can see the three weakest periods appear to be '76-'79, '01-'04 and '07-'12.

(Note: The more recent seasons have players still active, and that could change the order some, but probably not much. The most extreme example is likely Giroux in 2012, whose top 3 seasons only average to 78 adj. points. Even if he repeated his 103 adj. points in 2012 twice more, his then 103 avg. would only bring up the avg. for the top 5 to 103 instead of 98, or 5th lowest instead of 2nd lowest.)

Which players in the top 5 had the lowest average for their top 3 adjusted point seasons?

1977 YoungT 70
1989 BrownR 71
1979 MacMillan 73
2012 Giroux* 78
1970 Tkaczuk 78
1974 Cashman 79
1976 Barber 81
1991 Cullen 81
1976 Larouche 82
1983 Pederson 83
1972 Hadfield 83
1970 Goyette 84
1981 Taylor 85
1995 Zhamnov 86
1980 Rogers 86
1977 Shutt 86
2009 PariseZ* 87
2011 Perry* 87
1982 Maruk 88
1973 MacLeish 89
1977 MacLeish 89
1984 Goulet 89
1978 Potvin 90
1973 Lemaire 90
1978 Lemaire 90
2001 Straka 90
2010 BackstromN* 91
1981 Nilsson 91
1994 Roenick 91

*still active

There are some that could be considered around the time of Selanne's prime:

- Zhamnov in 1995, who may have not been top 5 if not for a shortened season, and that was Selanne's 10th best season.

- Perry in 2011, who is still playing, and that was Selanne's 9th best adjusted point season.

- Roenick in '94, the year after Selanne's fantastic rookie season, the last player on this list.

Meanwhile, there is at least one player in each season from '73-'84, which almost exactly matches Dionne's prime. 18 of the 29 seasons on the list occurred during Dionne's career, and 14 of those are from '75-'85, which was basically Dionne's prime. Meanwhile only 7 seasons on the list were during Selanne's longer career, and none during his peak years (as shown above, there are only a couple that are arguably during his prime).

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