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03-16-2013, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by I Hate Chris Butler View Post
But he was well passed his prime.

Oates' best seasons were in the highest scoring NHL seasons in recent memory.
I get what you're saying, but the guy still led the league in assists at both 38 and 39, right in the middle of the dead puck era. That validates the idea that he would have absolutely killed it in an obstruction-free league.... which is exactly what he did in the early 1990s.

Any way you slice it, he would be right up there with Thornton, St.
Louis and Sedin as one of the great setup men of this era.

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