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05-18-2013, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Richter Scale View Post
One thing to consider, that I don’t think has been discussed, when trying to determine how to rank Colville and Watson – who had very similar careers – is their linemates.

As best I can tell, Watson’s linemates for a good portion of his time with the Rangers were Lynn Patrick and Bryan Hextall. Colville’s were his brother, Mac Colville, and Alex Shibicky. Both of Watson’s linemates are hall of famers who were big scorers for their eras (around 0.75 ppg for both of them). Neither of Colville’s were hall of famers and hovered between 0.5 and 0.6 ppg. The fact that Colville was able to put up the #s he did with what seems like significantly weaker linemates says something to me.

Of course, you could make the argument that Watson made his linemates better (in which case, it would be travesty that he isn’t in the HHOF and Colville is); but based on what I’ve read, it seems like Colville was considered the heart of his line. This is just one reason why I’ve got Colville ahead of Watson.
Great stuff! I had Colville ahead of Watson but this solidifies it.

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