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02-07-2014, 02:06 AM
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^ LaFontaine did have 93 points in 57 games in the 91–92 season, the year before his spike season. That's a PPG of 1.63 and would have given him about 133 points over a full season if he held that pace. That's only behind Lemieux & Gretzky for the season. It's not a 1.76 pace like he held in 92–93 but that season was anomaly for most everyone so I think it's fair to say it wasn't far from it.

I'm more interested in how his already very good numbers with the Islanders shot through the roof when he first came to Buffalo. I think playing with an elite winger like Mogilny probably had something to do with it, but does it explain everything? Mogilny paced for 103 and 139 points those seasons so he was a fair bit behind LaFontaine's numbers, at least in 91–92.

I've also read somewhere that Lemieux said LaFontaine's presence in the league and the "rivalry" he brought helped Lemieux motivate himself to raise his game, or something along that line. That's quite a compliment, coming from Lemieux.

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