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03-26-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by orange is better View Post
There's other factors that weigh into things like this though. The overall skill level and talent level of these players is vastly beyond anything that occurred in the past. People like to revere in the glory of players from those eras, but the fact is players are much stronger, faster, technical, skilled and lethal than they were back then. It's just not even close. If you put Evgeni Malkin as he is now in the league in say 1974.... He'd score 300 goals.

If the amount of goals went up, it's because defenders were allowed to grab you, slash you and interfere with you, and shots were a fraction of the power with players who weren't as strong using wooden sticks, and seldom left the ice so goalies didn't really have to have the technique they have now. It was just "hey I'll stop this puck now". Players were great in perspective with the time period they played in, but the players today are better and it's really not even debatable.
300? I don't know about all that. Remember back in the day players actually had to throw down when they went around slashing. Malkin wouldn't get away with some of the stuff he or a lot of other players like to pull. Schultz would make his face a punching bag.

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