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08-23-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Dark Shadows View Post
Well, Andreychuk will be the first person to credit Gilmour and how good he is. note that Andreychuk never hit those numbers before or after he played with Gilmour. Hell, he played 52 games with Lafontaine, Mogilny and Hawerchuk before playing with Gilmour and only had 29 goals.
Andreychuk didn't benefit much from playing with Lafontaine because Mogilny had that specific role on the Sabres that year. If Mogilny wasn't there Andreychuk's role naturally would have been bigger as the main scorer besides Lafontaine and he would have scored more. Put Andreychuk with Lafontaine only, or with Yzerman or Oates, in 92–93 and he scores at a similar pace as with Gilmour because it was such a season. Generally players on teams with a "one line punch" benefitted in the points race. That's why, for example, Sakic and Sundin, who supposedly didn't play on the same line except occasionally and on the power play, "evened out" a bit in the points race and "only" had 105 and 114 points. Bure for example was a first line player in Vancouver but Vancouver had some nice depth and pretty much ran two first lines, one with Bure and Adams [who scored at a PPG pace], and one with Linden and company. So Bure cooled off a bit from an insane start as the season went on and the team rolled on to score 346 goals, only behind Pittsburgh, Detroit and Quebec. If Vancouver didn't have as nice depth I think Bure easily could and would have scored 120 points instead of 110, but the team would have suffered and looked more like Selšnne's Winnipeg or Turgeon's Islanders, because you need more than one good player to make a difference. When Lemieux was the only star in Pittsburgh his team sucked too even though he scored boatloads of points.

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