Thread: 80's parallels
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01-20-2013, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Smaug View Post
The only comparison between the eighties team and the young team developing now is the saturation level of forward talent.

The old team core had Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Anderson, & Coffey. Defense and goaltending suspect.

The modern team core has RNH, Eberle, Hall, Yakupov, & Schutz. Defense and goaltending suspect.

Take away Gretz and the two groups are very comparible in terms of individual skill level.

However, comparing individual skills is irrelevant. It is a team sport and what counts most is how these players compete together and bring their total package of skills to bear on the opposition.
I'm not sure you have to take away Gretz. I hear he wasn't too bad some nights, comparable even to the guys we have now.

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