Bossy vs. Makarov
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03-03-2013, 09:14 PM
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Makarov was 31 years old when he came over in 1989-90. Over his first 5 seasons in the NHL, Makarov ranks:
1st in points for NHL players 31 years old and older
3rd (behind Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner) for NHL players 30 years old and older:
I'm not sold on those lists. Even among the over 30 group, even if it's just from 1990-94, Makarov doesn't really have a standout single season that puts him in Adam Oates territory, let alone Mike Bossy territory. His compiling stats are nice, but that's partly because you have to be age 31-35 exactly when Makarov was 31-35 if you want to have a chance on that list, and Makarov was healthy at an age where that's not an easy thing to be.
The scope is far too Makarov-specific. Lots of guys were better scorers between age 31-35, but a guy like Adam Oates only has one season on the list you gave.
If you expand it to everyone age 31 to 35, Makarov is drops down on that list even though he had a fairly high scoring era to work with.
Looking at everyone 31-35 since 1990
it looks like Makarov played in a higher scoring era, had one extra season due to lockout, but still only scores one point more than Daniel Afredsson. Do we think Alfie would peak as high as Bossy did?
More contemporary examples like Oates and Francis also produced more points at that age in the Dead Puck Era.
None of this says Makarov is a bad player. It just means that his NHL performance shows no evidence that he was an offensive force second only to Wayne Gretzky. Which Mike Bossy kinda was.
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