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04-14-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
If you watch any of the 90s highlights (starting around 94-95 or so), you will be amazed how much hooking, holding, clutching, and grabbing there was. Much more than now. The fact that the scoring is down to me indicates the drop in the top-end level talent. Aside from Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Sedin, and Datsyuk there is nobody who can stand up to the endless list of the 90s heroes, when virtually every team had a superstar. I believe it's easier to score 60 goals now than then, but you need talent to actually do it.
Rose tinted nostalgia. There was more clutching but that's mitigated by bigger, slower d-men and smaller goalies with worse save percentages. More goals were being scored than today. There's just as much talent now, if not more. Allison, Elias, Kovalev and Straka made the top 5 in 2001 when Bure had his final big season. Recchi, Nolan and Amonte made the top 6 the year before. All good players, but nothing special compared to the top players now. Probably worse, to be honest. Crosby, Malkin, and Ovechkin would be good enough to outscore everybody but Jagr during those seasons, including Bure. And Stamkos is better and more skilled than guys like Recchi and Elias, who finished 3rd in back to back years.

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