HOH Top 60 Centers of All-Time: Round 1 Preliminary Discussion Thread
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09-02-2013, 11:55 AM
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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
But if you looked at age 33, you'd see that Gretzky had nearly double of the points that Datsyuk did (and adjusting the numbers to account for the respective league scoring rates doesn't come close to making up the difference).
Still, I wonder what an in-your-prime Datsyuk looks like playing in the 80s. My guess is that he'd be unreal.
Nobody's denying that. I'd see him as maybe putting up offensive numbers not far behind those of Hawerchuk, Savard or Stastny, but playing better defence. He'd be one of the best two-way centres in the game, but behind Trottier and Messier in that regard. A definite Hall of Famer.
But by the same standard, put Gretzky in today's game (assuming he has the same training and conditioning advantages available to him that today's players do) and I think he wins every post-lockout scoring title. Not as many points as he had in the 80s, but more than anyone else. If anything, his game would benefit from the allowing of two-line passes.
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