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04-10-2013, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Yzerman would also likely be considered by many the best center to ever play the game after scoring 177-207-384 in 223 games from 87-88 through 89-90.
First, I should have considered Hull as Canadian for the purposes of my "thought experiment." I've believe that's been corrected now.

Yzerman has a great peak/prime ~'88-'93. He's closer to Lemieux & Gretzky during that stretch than anyone is to him (and those guys were in their primes, although Lemieux was of course hurt a lot, and Gretzky was mostly past his peak).

Maybe he would have placed higher (even second behind Hull) in an "all-Canadian" world in '92. If so, that would give him a 1st and three 2nds. If not, a 1st and two 2nds. So he probably would have had at least three top 2 finishes, perhaps as many as 5 (although more than 4 seems a bit of a stretch). We can also filter based on adjusted points in a player's best 3-5 seasons. This would give us a group something like this:

Ovechkin
Crosby
Malkin
Thornton
Forsberg
Selanne
Sakic
Yzerman
Dionne

That's the group to which Yzerman belongs in terms of prime production.

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