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01-30-2013, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by TAnnala View Post
Well he definitely was close to Gretzky's peak.
Adjusted stats give them 5 point difference in the best season in Hockey-Reference.com
170 to Gretzky and 165 to Lemieux. I remember them being relatively close in their peak. Gretzky had the longer peak and accomplished more but when both were on their best behavior they were close. So was Orr.

I think Gretzky had the best peak followed by Orr then Lemieux. But is am not going to pretend that they were not close.
No, he was not. Gretzky won scoring titles by as much as 69%. Lemieux won by a maximum of 18%.

Adjusted stats are skewed by rule changes, ice time, powerplay time and other era factors. Level of dominance over peers is a constant. Gretzky dominated the NHL to a much greater extent than Lemieux ever did. Not close at all, really.

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