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09-04-2013, 02:39 PM
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I was initially of the mindset that we should separate the wingers but I'm not so sure.
I think it's more indicative of the teams the organization had if you see a disparity in RW's v. LW's...but that's not really the purpose of the lists, now is it?
I'm starting to think we should just have a Top 15 Wingers list.
It's an interesting thing to find out, but yes not the ultimate goal of the project. Doing a precursory brush through history, the Rangers are historically stronger at RW than LW. There are 9 Ranger RWs with three or more 25-goal seasons (including Bathgate, Gilbert, Cook, Hedberg, Jagr). There are only 4 Rangers LWs with the same accomplishment (Graves, Vickers, Hadfield, Maloney).
This marries well with the history of the NHL as a whole. The obvious follow up question is "why?". We should care about the answer because it will determine whether it makes sense to proceed with separate RW and LW lists. If centers are predominately left-handed, then their passing and vision favor the right side of the ice and that explains why RWs historically rack up more points than LWs. And if LWs were expected to play a more conservative role than RWs (the LW Lock was introduced in the 70s and prevalent in the 90s), then that explains why RWs racked up more points than LWs during that era.
Ultimately what I'm getting at is that if there exists a systematic unfairness for LWers, maybe it makes sense to separate the two.
On the other side of the coin, we don't want to overburden the participants. This is a volunteer project after all. My concern is that a Top 10 list for LWs is going to be very dull once we get past the first three or four guys. If we do a comprehensive Top 15 Wingers list, it doesn't mean these factors can't be incorporated in the analysis.
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