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04-14-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
Except the era matters greatly. 60 goals today, while still impressive, is nowhere near the feat that it was in Bure's time. In fact, the fact that there are so few 60 goal scorers now demonstrates that the level of star players have dropped since 80s-90s, although the overall quality of average players has risen. I agree with everything else you said though.
Would you say that the drop in star power is correlated with the increasing quality of the average player? I would argue that other than Gretzky and Lemieux, who are transcendental, we're selling the current crop of guys short by claiming that there's less star players today. Maybe it's just more difficult to separate yourself from the pack.

And about whether 60 goals was more or less impressive in Bure's day, I checked the scoring distributions of his 60, 60, 59, and 58 goal seasons and here's what I found:

In 1992-93, when Bure first scored 60, there were: two 70 goals scorers, three 60 goal scorers, nine 50 goal scorers, and eleven 40 goal scorers.

In 1993-94, Bure scored 60 again, and there were: one 60 goal scorer (Bure), eight 50 goal scorers, and fourteen 40 goal scorers.

When he scored 59 in 1998-1999, there were: one 50 goal scorer (Bure) and six 40 goal scorers.

And in 1999-2000, he scored 59, there were: three 50 goal scorers and ten 40 goal scorers.

2011-12: one 60 goal scorer, one 50 goal scorer, and two 40 goal scorers.
2010-11: one 50 goal scorer, four 40 goal scorers.

So between 92 and 94, it seems as if goals were slightly easier to come by. And between 98 and 00, it seems pretty comparable to today, if not still easier to score.

So were goals more difficult to come by back then and stars were just better, or is reaching 60 goals just as difficult today?

(Long-time lurker of the History Section, but I was intrigued by this one. Hope I've done all my homework .)

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