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03-06-2013, 12:43 AM
Morgoth Bauglir
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Originally Posted by TANK200 View Post
You guys are getting too hung up on this whole top 5 all-time thing (yea, I know that's the title of the thread). Let's pretend for a minute that I suggested Crosby is only the 6th or 7th best player of all time. The point that I am trying to highlight is that there is a clear bias against outstanding players of the current era. Many people happily rank Richard-Hull-Beliveau-Harvey as 5 through 8 on an all-time list, while they scoff at the very idea that a current player could even be considered in the top 20.
NHL hockey has been around for 95 years. The vast majority of players who played in the NHL played before the "current era". Why is it so surprising that the vast majority of top-10, top-20, top-100 players came from earlier eras since those players greatly outnumber those from the current era? Why does a member of the top-5 have to come from this particular era as opposed to any other era? These things aren't done on a quota afterall.

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