Where does Jaromir Jagr rank purely offensively?
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02-02-2014, 08:46 PM
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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.
This suits the Crosby agenda perfectly but yes the clutch and grab was the main reason why scoring levels went down during the DPE. It's not just Jagr but a lot of the other stars from the 90's that could have been much better if penalties were being called the way they are now. Selanne, Bure, Karyia, Forsberg, Sakic, Lindros could have all benefited from the current NHL's rules.
Crosby wouldn't have faired any better during the DPE because those big defencemen would have made Crosby's life a living hell on the ice. Crosby's body is no different than Forsberg in terms of physique, they both are 5'11-6'0 and 200-205 lbs. Jagr on the other hand is 6'3 and 225 + lbs, that is the main reason why he is still putting up near PPG numbers this season despite being about 3 steps slower than he was during his prime not to mention less capable of playing big minutes.
The rules of the current NHL would have been perfect for Jagr, he would have been even more unstoppable. The closest current player to Jagr in terms of that combination of skill, stickhandling, size, speed and strength is Malkin and yet he's not the 220-230 lbs that Jagr was during the DPE.
You can try and spin it any way you want but I don't know how anyone can say that Crosby is on Jagr's level offensively. Jagr had pure offensive numbers and finishes to back his case, Crosby has PPG and projection.
Jagr's top scoring finishes are 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, that is a total of 7 times in his career in which he was 2nd or 1st in scoring. Crosby so far has been a could have, should have, would have.
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