Mario Lemieux at age 18.
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03-06-2013, 10:24 AM
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At 17 he was a 184 point scorer in the QMJHL in 1982-'83. I don't think that translates into 100 points in the NHL, however Crosby in his draft year at 17 had 168 points and then a 102 point NHL season as an 18 year old. Crosby was a year older but you can sort of use that as a template there. As a 17 year old I think Mario would start off strong before teams would be able to figure him out. He was a kid and he would have been easily rattled and knocked off his game. There were many times over the course of his career we saw a veteran Mario get knocked off his game mentally in the NHL due to some pest. So I could see someone like Ken Linseman making life difficult for him. Also, he wasn't fully grown at 17.
Lemieux and Gretzky both played in the WJC as 17 year olds, Gretzky was younger. Compare their performance. Gretzky 17 points in 6 games, Lemieux, 10 points in 7 games.
Mario Lemieux at 18, last junior season, was much stronger but still not at an NHL level.
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