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04-19-2013, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Beau Knows View Post
So Lemieux, Gretzky and Yzerman were all very good on ES but Lemieux was much better on the PP than everyone else, good for him, why should that be held against him?
Yzerman scored as well as the other two, but was also considered one of the league's better defensive forwards that season and received Selke votes (as he had the prior season and would many other seasons in his career).

Yzerman was clearly the best ES player in the league; not having the PP scoring support of Gretzky (Nicholls, Robitaille, Duchesne) or Lemieux (Brown, Coffey, Quinn) doesn't make him less of a player.

I think it's possible that giving the Hart to Gretzky over Lemieux was the media "making up" for Gretzky having not won the previous year when he was clearly the best player and deserving MVP, but missed 16 games. Had the Gretzky trade not occurred, and Gretzky scored the 100 points Jimmy Carson did in while Carson scored Gretzky's 168 in LA, Carson finishes a distant third for the Hart behind Lemieux and Yzerman; if he even beats Nicholls and his 70-80-150.

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