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04-30-2013, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
i guess i meant elite in the rocket richard-winning or historically good (neely in '94) sense.

i guess it's debatable whether '98 bondra and his 51 goals was much better, or better at all, than fedorov's 56 in '94. but bondra was certainly a more "truly elite" goalscorer if you look at him as a guy who had two rockets, 4 top fives, and 6 top tens.

but anyway, the real point of all that was... adam oates is tearing up today's NHL.
Oates is also the guy responsible for moving Ilya Kovalchuk to the RW in NJ, and was the assistant coach there last year when Kovalchuk had the best season of his career as an all-round player.

Devils fans were highly critical of Oates at first too - "ROFL - he wants to move Kovy to RW because he's right handed? What is this, lane hockey? What is this, the 1950s?" Shows how much fans on the internet know.

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