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03-17-2013, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
re: my last post, skating hasn't seemed to hurt henrik sedin or marc savard-- or at least it didn't in their best post-lockout years.
Truth be told Sedin's skating has gotten much better in their time in the NHL, something that is quite rare.

Was Oates really that much more "talented" than Savard though? and Marc was certainly more gritty as well.

There are just too many variables to speculate on how a guy like Oates would do today, suffice to say it would be much less than in his peak.

The weird thing about Oates is that he has his peak year of 142 points at the age of 30. The year before he has 99, the year after 112.

His 142 point year includes the fact that Neely only played 13 games and Bourque had a good offensive year but not his best. Oates even propelled a young Joe Juneau to 102 points before he fell back to earth.

Now if Oates could bottle the magic of that year then he might do quite well today, but like I said it was a career year for him.

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