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12-26-2013, 11:21 AM
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I've not been a part of these discussions, but a cursory glance at your list raises my eyebrows for 2 reasons.
Firstly, as you say, the bias towards certain eras. 4 players whose careers began in the 70s, another 3 whose careers began in the 80s. 1 from the 90s. 1 from the 2000s. That's 7 out of the top-20 just happened to play in the highest scoring era in NHL history.
Secondly, 22 Canadians and 1 non-Canadian (and he at 19th). Really? This may be related to the first point, that anyone who joined the NHL post-1990 isn't being given a fair shake of the stick - there could be many reasons for this, not least due to the internet, youtube, and abundance of video, players of the last 20 years are subjected to a microscopic level of scrutiny that is simply not possible with Howie Morenz.
Throw in an increased level of defensive play and emphasis on systems
and at first glance you guys seem to have built yourselves a bias (unconcious or no).
These could be the biggest factors.
More emphasis on defensive, less scoring. More emphasis on system, less individuality.
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