It's not about who produces with less. This isn't a Hart trophy poll. I think people tend to complicate these things. It's simply about who are the best 10 players at passing and making plays? In this case, I would absolutely rank Thornton above Giroux. The guy is still a sublime passer.
Of course it matters. People go on production and if Giroux had players like Pavelski on his line he'd have a damn sight more assists than even now.
I think this would be a better list; players so far this decade sorted by APG. (in terms of who is top ten... not order.)
I agree it's useful. But JT always gets knocked in these things for playing through way more injuries than many of his peers on that list. There's been a few games where it looked like his shoulder was duct taped to his side just so he could play.
It could go both ways, I've seen Jumbo pass an awesome opportunity where if he shot.. it could've gone on in.
Too many times has it happened, too much to keep count.
Fair enough but if he did develop a shoot more style his assist total would take a tumble(maybe he would have more points overall and it wouldn't be an equal amount of assists lost but he would have less) and not put him in a race with Crosby for most assists
As I said Thornton is a great passer but Crosby is better. It's sort of like Gretzky and how nobody referred to him as a goal scorer, although he usually was one of the top goal scorers many years in the league