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05-11-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
I guess we can skip the motivated tag for feds as that came later, but once again you are only looking at small parts of the picture and only scoring production at that.

Feds led the Detroit team with 107 points to 95 over Stevie Y and was 2nd to Stevie Y in the playoffs with 20 points each (Feds had only 2 goals) but Feds was a plus 8 to Steve's -1, despite heavy defensive minutes.

If one only looks at offensive production and not other parts of the game sure Mario is the guy to take but come on Phil, both Foppa and Feds had more than just their offensive value to their games.

Sakic also had a great year but I really can't remember how far along his defensive game was at that point.
Forsberg was a mere sophomore. It was his second season and he hadn't developed into the Forsberg we eventually knew in the postseason. He may have been on par with Kamensky that spring, let alone trying to compare him to Lemieux. Fedorov was a fine two-way player, no doubt, but if this is 1996 then he hasn't really turned into the playoff player we remember him to be at this point either (4 straight 20+ playoff point years, 3 Cups). Despite what both of them brought to the table in terms of all around play (which Forsberg was very early in his career with) there is no way anyone would pick one of them individually over Lemieux in 1996 to carry their team to victory. In 1996 we knew very well what Lemieux was capable of doing for a team in the postseason. He needed no introduction, and his regular season gave us no reason to think he wasn't capable of carrying a team anymore.

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