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02-11-2004, 12:42 PM
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Orlando, FL
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You haven't removed the opinions, because you took too narrow a focus with your 'facts'.
For the past 4 years:
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 15 19 34 (0.618 PPG)
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 27 34 61 (0.924 PPG)
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 15 35 50 (0.820 PPG)
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 31 39 70 (0.854 PPG)
= 215 pts in 264 games (0.814 PPG)
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 46 11 16 27 (0.587 PPG)
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 74 22 34 56 (0.757 PPG)
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 50 9 18 27 (0.54 PPG)
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 51 14 23 37 (0.725 PPG)
= 147 pts in 221 games (0.665 PPG)
If YOU look at stats, Smyth has clearly outscored Kozlov in the past 4 years. If they both played an average of 82 games, Smyth would score 67 pts, while Kozlov would score 55. Smyth has been a warrior and heart and soul player his entire career. He's a proven commodity, so his value hasn't plummeted because of one season where his point totals are off. Not to mention that he had to make an adjustment to centre for the first time in his career earlier in the season.
Also, I don't think anyone is undervaluing Kozlov, he too is performing under his expectations, although he has always been pretty inconsistent. Not to mention he's only scored over 20 goals ONCE.
The difference over the past few years is pretty marginal, but if you consider the fact that Kozlov has played with no real linemates for a few years now playing on a non-contender, it is even closer.
How convenient you leave out Kozlov's 70 point season which would have made this comparison a lot closer
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