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02-13-2013, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Smokey McCanucks View Post
If he'd have been healthy he would have had a better career than Gretzky. Definitely not overrated.
IMO, statements like this do overrate Mario. I don't think Mario ever played better than prime Gretzky, and Gretzky maintained that level for a very long time, until getting a serious back injury of his own. Mario probably hit Gretzky level, but he never maintained it, mostly (completely?) because of injuries.

Despite the inflammatory nature of the OP, he has a point in a way - Mario's even strength game was statistically closer to Jagr than to Gretzky. But goals (and points) on the powerplay count too, and Mario was easily the best forward of all time on the PP (its hard to compare him to Orr there).

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