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04-14-2013, 03:03 PM
Your Final Judgement
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Originally Posted by revolverjgw View Post
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.
Outside of Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, and Stamkos its about even. There just happened to be a lot of injuries to star players in the DPE. I would definitely take Recchi and Elias over a guy like Phil Kessel.

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