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07-26-2014, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
I'll tell you what without Gretzky Lemieux would be more fairly treated when it comes to dominance over his peers: Since Gretzky had no Lemieux during his best years, while Lemieux had Gretzky during his. It's no good Gretzky dominating the likes of Peter Stastny in the scoring race while Mario had Wayne racking up the assists. This is no attempt at ranking the two, just an observation regarding people bringing up Gretzkys 80 point leads in the scoring race or whatever, when it is not really fair to Lemieux.
Well, without Gretzky:

Lemieux point lead over 2nd without Gretzky:
87-88: Lemieux 168pts. Savard 131pts. 38pts. lead.
88-89: Lemieux 199pts. Yzerman 155pts. 44pts. lead.
91-92: Lemieux 131pts. Stevens 123pts. 8pts lead.
92-93: Lemieux 160pts. LaFontaine 148pts. 12pts. lead.
95-96: Lemieux 161pts. Jagr 149pts. 12pts. lead.
96-97: Lemieux 122pts. Selanne 109pts. 13pts. lead.

Gretzky factored surprisingly little on the scoring dominance over peers by Lemieux. In fact, only two times was Gretzky the runner-up to Lemieux. 87-88 and 88-89. But those were the years where Lemieux did amass incredible point lead over next.

It was Mario's health that prevented the big dominance over peers. Not Wayne.

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