Mario Lemieux at age 18.
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03-07-2013, 10:13 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Its hard to play around with hypotheticals but I think the answer is Yes. Lemieux was drafted in 1984 and played the 1984/1985 season with a team full of scrubs. The second and third highest scorers on that Pittsburgh team were Warren Young and Doug Shedden, with around 70 points each, whom Lemieux carried. The year before Lemieux arrived, Young had 8 NHL points. Two years after that 1984 season, Young only had 21 NHL points...
Had Lemieux begun his NHL career one year earlier, he would have been drafted in 1983 by Minnesota #1 overall. He would've began the 1983/1984 season with young and upcoming Neal Broten and Brian Bellows as his linemates (or perhaps a blossoming Dino Ciccarelli or Dennis Maruk, who was only two years away from his 60 goal/136 points season). Broten and Bellows had 89 and 83 points respectively that year and Minnesota also had a 73 point-scoring defenseman in Brad Maxwell.
So ultimately, Lemieux would be one-year younger but he would have significantly better linemates and a better defensive corp. I can easily see Lemieux scoring 11 more points than a 23 year Broten and 17 more points than a 19 year old Bellows.
Combining this idea with the possibility that he plays in EVERY game makes it possible for him to hit 100.
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