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02-02-2014, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by livewell68 View Post
I would think the whole "clutch and grab" thing might have something to do with it? As it is now, he could still finish at a PPG pace and he's much slower and older than he was in his prime not to mention the fact that he also gets tired more than he did back then.

In fact he scored 123 Pts in 2005-06 at age 34 playing on an offensively starved team and he had absolutely no "Hall of Fame" players on that team.

If you put a 25-30 year old Jagr with his 6'3, 220-230 lbs frame and give him his then deadly speed and stickhandling and he would be easily a 120 + player and could score 130-145 Pts if things went well. After all he was playing at a 150 Pts pace in his first 39 games in 1999-00 (71 Pts in his first 39 games) (a season where scoring was comparable to now) until injuries ruined what looked like was going to be his best season in the NHL.
If it isn't "clutch and grab", something else has brought the scoring levels down to the DPE. Better goalies, defensive systems etc... I don't see how you can you conclusively say that a prime Jagr scores more today than he did in the late '90s. Maybe a prime Crosby is more productive in the DPE than he is today.

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