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03-15-2013, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RewBicks View Post
It's not even clear he was the best player on those Jets teams, as Tkachuk undoubtedly deserves to be in the conversation
No. Zhamnov's crazy year in 1995, maybe. But at no point was Tkachuk better than Selanne. Selanne was injured and missed 33 games in 1993-94, so Tkachuk led the Jets in scoring that year. But Selanne was 3 points above PPG, and Tkachuk was 3 points below. Tkachuk was not yet the defensive player he would become; he was as weak if not weaker than Selanne in that area at the time. In 1994-95, Both were 3 points above, but Selanne played fewer games and thus had a better PPG. They both scored 22 goals.

But Selanne's career numbers are hard to beat. I also think that Fedorov's best season was on another level when measured against Selanne's rookie year which, as has been pointed out many, many times took place in perhaps the freakiest of freaky seasons in NHL history.
In their overlapping period (1992-93 to 2008-09) Selanne outscored Fedorov by 198 points in 41 more games. Fedorov won two Selkes, a Hart, and was named to the first-team. Selanne won the Calder, a Richard, three first-teams, and two second-teams. Selanne was fourth in scoring and Fedorov was ninth. Paul Kariya was 12th and Nicklas Lidstrom was 14th. Selanne was 8th in PPG and Fedorov was 23rd. Paul Kariya was 10th and Steve Yzerman was 15th.

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