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03-17-2013, 07:17 PM
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He'd be doing more of the same as what he did when he played. You know, he only retired in 2004. Is he a guy who really qualifies as someone who would be tearing it up "in today's league". He led the NHL in assists as late as 2002. In fact, he led the NHL in assists in 1993, 2001 and 2002. Those were different scoring eras and he didn't seem to have a problem doing it then.

I will say one thing about Oates, Crosby is certainly the better player because he is a much bigger threat to score goals, but there is a very valid argument that Oates would be the best playmaker in the game today. Ask Hull, Bondra, Neely, Juneau and Chris Simon. I like what Crosby is doing by having a guy like Kunitz tear up the NHL and threaten Stamkos' goal scoring crown because that is exactly what a truly great set up man is capable of and what we saw Oates do so many times.

He'd be fine in the league today. Players who were lesser playmakers than him did fine such as Marc Savard.

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