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01-25-2013, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Go Habs Go View Post
Oates didn't play with Brett Hull his whole carreer. His best season was 92-93 with 142 points. Look at who his linemates are. Thornton always had decent linemates.
For the uninformed, his linemates that entire season were Joey Juneau and Dmitri Kvartalnov.

What he did for Hull and Neely is well established, they were 50 goal guys who reached a goal per game with him. Look beyond that. He made Joey Juneau a 102 point scorer, never came close to repeating it. He made Dmitri Kvartalnov a point per game player, something he could barely do in the AHL on his own. He turned Chris Simon into a 29 goal scorer, his next highest season was 17 (largely with Messier). Dave Barr scored 27 with Oates in Detroit, in his next best season he had 18. Steve Heinze was on by far the best goal scoring pace of his career with Oates until Darius Kasparaitis wrecked his knee. He helped elevate Paul Kariya in Anaheim to a level he wasn't close to in the seasons immediately prior or after.

Having watched Oates and Thornton extensively in Boston (and on the Sharks in his MVP year), and as a big fan of both players who was terribly upset when each of them was traded, Oates without a doubt was the better playmaker. Thornton didn't make the players around him better to the same degree that Oates did.

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