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01-19-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
i think his point was that gretzky himself could not break gretzky's records today.

but maybe the more interesting question re: scoring levels w/r/t era is if 80s gretzky had never existed and an 18 year old gretzky came into the league today, could he break the records that would belong to mario? without thinking too hard about it and scrutinizing the numbers, my gut says yes but just barely.
Well we really don't know if Gretzky could break these records. It is purely hypothetical. We know that three players, Thornton, Jagr and Crosby have had 120 points in a season over the last decade. Malkin led the NHL last year with 109. Gretzky we can agree was significantly better than all of them. If Mario's peak is 85 goals, 114 assists and 199 points in a season then I too believe that Gretzky at some point in his career peaks and breaks all three of them at some time. Thornton has 96 and 92 assist seasons back to back and we are wondering if Gretzky can surpass it?

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