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Post 1992

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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post

I ask you again, if the best talent was already in the league by '92, who filled those 100 or so spots that 4 more teams opened up, let alone the 200+ that 8 more teams did?
Aside from the draft, there was a miniscule amount of tier I players added. By FAAAAARRRR it was mostly Tier IV's and Tier III's with some Tier II's that were viewed as deficient in some way (bad skaters, too small, bad additude ect).

Make a list with all the undrafted Tier I players that came into the league after '90.
The only one that I can think of off the top of my head is Martin St. Louis.
Post 1992, the biggest contribution was made by players extending their career beyond the age of 35. This season alone you have 59 skaters:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...=&order_by=age

and 13 goalies:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...=&order_by=age

Also the number of drafted underage juniors and 20-22 year olds in the NHL is much higher today:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...order_by_asc=Y

Very few of these players are NHL ready. Most have their minutes managed, similar to Joe Thornton in the late 1990s only today there are a lot more such skaters.

Free agents had more of an impact pre 1992. Canada alone produced Tim Kerr, Dino Ciccarelli,Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, quick incomplete list.

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