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02-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by unknown33 View Post
So what you are doing to get those finishes is: Giving credit to Yzerman for games he missed, but NOT applying this to every other player in the league (comparing Yzerman's PPG to other players points)?
If you want, we can do a straight PPG comparison.

I thought it might be helpful to get an actual feel for what the GPG/APG/PPG meant in terms of actual points each year.

So here's other data:

Total points from 87-88 through 93-94:

3. Yzerman 814
4. Robitaille 719
5. Oates 702

Yzerman is over 100 points ahead of the likely second-place finisher in a Gretzky/Lemieux-free NHL over the span in Oates, his former second-line center.

Now to total PPG.

3. Yzerman 1.55 (127.3 per 82)
4. LaFontaine 1.37 (112.1 per 82)
5. Oates 1.37 (112.0 per 82)

Doing what I did in averaging his yearly PPG perhaps gives him extra credit because his two worst years in his prime were healthy, and two much better years were spent missing 16 and 26 games. But he was still be by far the most dominant offensive player of the time period other than Gretzky and Lemieux. And would actually have the trophies to show for it. Sakic was not the most dominant offensive player in the league no matter what stretch of his career you pull up. Best forward? Yeah, at times. But never most dominant offensive player. And it wasn't until after at least 1998 that he was playing defense the way Yzerman played it in his prime.

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