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02-08-2013, 02:38 PM
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AH...the stats argument again. Here is why the "stats" argument is not totally accurate. We all pretty much agree that Corey Perry is an elite winger. Now apply the "stats" argument that you use for goalies, and it proves all of us wrong. Corey Perry can't be elite because last year 38 wingers had better stats than Perry, including Kunitz, Radim Vrbata, Tomas Fleicshmann, and a bunch of others we consider no where near elite. So as you can see, strictly using this very flawed methodology, Corey Perry is far from elite.
Obviously Perry is elite. Fleury is not a stats goalie, but name on the cup, 2 finals appearances, #1 overall pick, NHL All-Star, member of Canadian Olympic team....yeah, that's pretty elite.
This argument is asinine considering Perry won the Rocket and Hart trophy in his career and also has a history of producing at a high statistical level. Point being, he has one down year and has stats to back up his elite status. Fleury has an entire career of mediocre stats. I'm not sure how you can't see the difference between the two examples.
Also, being the 3rd string goaltender on an Olympic team doesn't make you elite. Neither does being drafted first overall as an 18 year old.
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