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01-23-2013, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
itdoesn't take anything away from thornton's mvp year, which was amazing, but the degree to which he beat the field in assists... his competition was spezza and marc savard and brad richards, plus an older jagr taking on an uncharacteristic goal scoring role. seems like oates also could have lapped the field in thornton's two 90 assist years.
I think that's a little unfair. You have to go back to 1998-1999 to find a more productive season than Thornton's in his MVP year. A case can be made that it's the best single season of this generation, so using the competition argument seems a little ridiculous.

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