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01-24-2013, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Goalsfordinner View Post
Not really.
Let's take a closer look.

In 1970 Orr had

33-87-120 in 76 games

That turns into

33-91-124 adjusted points

In 1990 Lemieux had

85-114-199 in 76 games

That turns into

71-94-165 adjusted points

A 41 point difference isn't that big considering the difference in positions. Couple that with Orr's HUGE jump in defensive play and I think it's fair to say that Orr had the higher peak.

Lemieux had Gretzky to compete with (out of the ten best adjusted seasons Gretzky had seven including the top two and four of the top five. Jagr had ten so Lemieux only had two of the ten) and it makes Lemieux look worse in comparison.

Orr had no one in his league. The only other person who touched him offensively (Coffey) was far weaker defensively.

In terms of peak I still take Orr, even if you ignore Gretzky. But having Gretzky there makes it harder for Lemieux to stand above Orr.

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