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02-23-2013, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
This nonsense again?

1999-00 regular season: Elias: 72 points, Sykora: 68 points
2000 playoffs: Elias: 20 points, Sykora 17 points

2000-01 regular season: Elias: 96 points, Sykora 81 points
2001 playoffs: Elias 23 points, Sykora 22 points.

Elias outscored Sykora, while also acting as the primary puck carrier and primary defensive presence on their line. The A-line was often used head-to-head against the best lines of opponents (only the Gomez-Mogilny line was sheltered defensively), yet still had some of the best plus-minuses in the league. Elias's defensive game was the main reason why - Arnott was okay defensively and Sykora wasn't all that good.

And of course, Elias had some great seasons after the two were separated and Sykora didn't.

I guess the Flyers in 2000 made the mistake of not thinking Elias would beat them.
It wasn't really ALL that different between the two. Either way, my point about Elias on those teams is that the impact the forwards made on New Jersey is unprecedented on any other team like them that had a string of success. It isn't that Elias didn't do his part but that the Devils weren't a team that relied on offense as much. How many Cup winning teams have their best forward as only the 3rd or 4th best piece?

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