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01-31-2014, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
FWIW, adjusted career stats for the group mentioned:

Howe - 2190 in 1767 games
Jagr - 1898 in 1446 games
Messier - 1732 in 1756 games
Francis - 1711 in 1731 games
Yzerman - 1650 in 1514 games
Lemieux - 1540 in 915 games
Dionne - 1493 in 1348 games

Jagr is several seasons worth of GP behind anyone else who managed to get ahead of Mario.
Jagr's years as a top end scorer isn't any longer than Mario's though, he was just healthier and has more ok years tacked on. I don't think anyone can make a reasonable argument when that's the case. It's not the same as Howe vs. Lemieux, where Howe's peak is comparable, and while he didn't have Lemieux's prime at that level, he was a top scorer for twice as long. Or the Potvin vs. Lidstrom argument, where Lidstrom was a bit below at his best, but kept that up for far longer. The only way I could see it is if Jagr played at 94-01 levels for a 15 plus year period.

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