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02-06-2014, 08:28 AM
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Well, there were 63 assists lost comparatively (if you factor the 1102 goals to 1003 goals the assist difference year to year is 1201 in 44-45 and 1138 in 45-46.

6 teams, so ~10 assists per team lost over the season.

Ofc top players who have a higher ratio of assists would have suffered more. (Cowley, Lach, Blake, both Bentleys, O'Connor.)

Also worth noting that in addition to Lach having an unprecedented 44-45 one of the most prominent assist per game players of the previous decade, Syd Howe, dropped off and ended the next season in the AHL, the same as Art Jackson, a prominent guy who retired, Lorne Carr retired after 45-46 age 35 after his worst ever season, Hank Goldups career ended half was through 45-46, as did Modere Bruneteau, Bob Davidson and Earl Seiberts.

That is 7 of the top 30 assist leaders from the previous year who were done in 45-46 when they were top players still the year before... and Lach having such an insane season. I think that and the one assist rule combined to decrease overall assists... and it surely impacted top players especially.

But 63 assists over a season, ~10 a team mean I cannot imagine top playmakers lost more than ~5-6 assists each... though one or two may have been impacted more.

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