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09-02-2013, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
You do realize that Gretzky and Lemieux played into the DPE with bulked up goalies, the trap, clutch and grab, ect, right? And as over-the-hill players still managed to make the scoring leader lists right?
Sure I do.
Pavel Datsyuk at age 34
47 games 15 goals 34 assists 49 points +21
8 goals, 8 assists on the powerplay

Wayne Gretzky at age 34
48 games 11 goals 37 assists 48 points -20
3 goals 19 assists on the powerplay

Gretzky's season came in the lockout year of 94-95. Datsyuk's in the lockout season of 12-13. That just happens to be Gretzky's low point, production-wise (until his final year, anyway). But still, let's take Gretzky at 35

23 goals, 102 points -13.
Datsyuk at 35 will probably be 25 goals 75 to 85 points, +15 to +30... 54 percent faceoffs and Selke caliber defense

Obvious Datsyuk wouldn't be a 200 point guy if he was teleported back to the 80s. Heck, Datsyuk was 23 before he even came to the NHL. By then Gretzky had 268 goals and 400 assists to his name.. 668 points before 23.. Datsyuk is at 767 for his career.

Still, I wonder what an in-your-prime Datsyuk looks like playing in the 80s. My guess is that he'd be unreal.

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