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12-01-2013, 01:43 PM
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Here are the top 100 post-consolidation centers by 7-season weighted VsX score:

Rank Player Rank
1 Wayne Gretzky 155.1
2 Phil Esposito 123.4
3 Mario Lemieux 120.4
4 Jean Beliveau 108.9
5 Stan Mikita 108.1
6 Bill Cowley* 103.5
7 Marcel Dionne 103.2
8 Howie Morenz 102.8
9 Joe Sakic 97.9
10 Frank Boucher 95.4
11 Elmer Lach* 95.4
12 Max Bentley* 94.9
13 Steve Yzerman 93.5
14 Bryan Trottier 93.5
15 Joe Thornton 93.3
16 Syl Apps Sr 93
17 Peter Forsberg 90.9
18 Nels Stewart 90.5
19 Adam Oates 90.2
20 Marty Barry 89.9
21 Mark Messier 89.5
22 Norm Ullman 88.7
23 Jean Ratelle 88.5
24 Peter Stastny 88.3
25 Sid Abel 87.8
26 Bobby Clarke 87.6
27 Ron Francis 87.6
28 Milt Schmidt 87.5
29 Henri Richard 86.2
30 Dale Hawerchuk 85.9
31 Denis Savard 85.4
32 Eric Lindros 85.4
33 Alex Delvecchio 84.9
34 Gilbert Perreault 84.6
35 Darryl Sittler 84.1
36 Clint Smith* 82.6
37 Sidney Crosby 82.4
38 Mats Sundin 82.3
39 Doug Gilmour 82.3
40 Pierre Turgeon 82.3
41 Mike Modano 81.7
42 Henrik Sedin 81.7
43 Jeremy Roenick 81.5
44 Ted Kennedy 81.5
45 Sergei Fedorov 81
46 Bernie Nicholls 80.3
47 Cooney Weiland 79.4
48 Pavel Datsyuk 78.9
49 Pat LaFontaine 78.8
50 Hooley Smith 78.8

* = 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 original thread) 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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