Mario Lemieux and 200 point season
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10-21-2013, 04:27 AM
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Lemieux in 1992–93 were on pace for about 220 points, so of course he could have hit it in a season if he had stayed healthy. It's not even a question. Even in 1988–89 when he hit 199 he missed a couple of games. Phantom assists, aka "NHL assists", happen though more than the opposite I would guess. But sometimes it's hard to tell, even if you watch all the tapes from every game of the season in slow motion.
The big difference between Gretzky and Lemieux early on is team and teammates. Lemieux produced quite a lot even with crap teammates but when Paul Coffey came along in 1987–88 he rocketed from 141 → 168 → 199. At the same time Gretzky went 215 → 183 → 168.
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