Round 2, Vote 5 (HOH Top Centers)
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12-01-2013, 01:43 PM
I voted for Kodos
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Egg, New York
Here are the top 100 post-consolidation centers by 7-season weighted VsX score:
Syl Apps Sr
* = wartime star
# note that the above does not include 2012-13 or 2013-14 season data, so it will underrate Sidney Crosby
I don't feel like getting into an in-depth discussion of the VsX system right now (though you can see one in the
) but I'm confident that it is the best cross-era scoring comparative tool we have at present. Whatever the possible inaccuracies of the system, a gap of 6.5 (which is the difference between Schmidt and Fedorov here) is quite substantial. There is very little in the way of sensible argument that I can see which puts Fedorov on Schmidt's level as a scorer in the regular season.
Ultimately, I don't think there should be much of a gap between Schmidt and Henri Richard, and I would like to see them go in on the same vote. They were remarkably similar as scorers, and both brought a lot of defense and intangibles to the table. Henri had the longer career and more Cups, but Milt gets the benefit of the doubt because of the war, and was also a more fiery, physical player who, at least in his Art Ross year, has a legitimate claim to having been the best player in the world for some period of time, which I don't think is true of Henri.
Looking at the players more closely, Henri and Schmidt are probably my 1a/1b this round, with the rest of my top-6 consisting of Dionne, Kennedy, Forsberg and Malone, and the others a step down. This round is easily the hardest for me thus far in the project. I could honestly see an argument for any of the six above players to go 1st in this round. How my top-4 will ultimately look is still very much in the air.
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