Is Mario Lemieux a bit overrated?
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02-15-2013, 06:35 PM
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That is why I choose a one game sample size to make my argument. Mario was not a better NHLer than Wayne Gretzky, and it is impossible to make that case. Individually however, he could, and did achieve greater things on the rink. Mario was slightly worse than Wayne, for example in making his teammates better (however, very slightly, see Brown, Rob and Simpson, Quin, Dan)
Mario was the very best player, individually, to ever lace up a pair of skates. No question. He could and would do things noone else to every play the game could ever do.
Teams took bunches of Penalties against the big guy, and it was a successful strategy-the Pens powerplay was never about 30% and the Big Guy nailed his first six penalty shots and was well over 50% on prime scoring chances, (breakaways, two on ones).
There was an interview with the coach of the Wings? I think in the late 80's when asked how to stop Mario, replied "foul him."
If I were going to build a team today I select Super Mario #1. Mario was a great playmaker as well as the greatest individual scorer I have ever seen. It was a pleasure to be able to watch these two guys in their prime.
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