Is Joe Malone's 1917-1918 44G in 20 GP the best goal scoring season ever?
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02-09-2014, 10:52 PM
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Joe Malone's 1917-18 is one of the most overrated season of all-time.
He scored 44 goals in 20 games. 2nd place Cy Denneny scored 36 goals in 20 games. Malone beat 2nd place by 22%
Look at Alex Ovechkin's 2007-08. He scored 65 goals. 2nd place Kovalchuk scored 52 goals. Ovechkin beat 2nd place by 25%.
And that's before you consider that in 1917-18, a lot of the talent pool (half?) was playing out west in the PCHA, not the NHL.
Players had such high goal per game totals in 1917-18 largely because starters played the full 60 minutes.
Don't get me wrong, Malone's 1917-18 was an all-time great goal scoring season, but there have been multiple seasons that were better (including Ovechkin's 2007-08 most recently).
Add to that the number of players sitting in trenches to boot.
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