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09-01-2013, 08:40 PM
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I'd say the problem is that it's much harder to separate yourself from the pack now than it was before. Guys were training much less before and the game plans were less developed, so talent would come on top more easily.

I don't want to put a date or anything on that, but it's been observed in many sports. As the mean goes up, standard deviation goes down and the pack gets tighter.

Then, you also have to consider that a dman's work is extremely subtle. When nothing happens, it may be that the guy did a good job.

So yes, Lidstrom is the closest you'll get to a generational talent for dmen, IMO.

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