Best players from each year

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  1. Big Phil

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    Starting in 1940 the best players from each season, I took in all around playoff/regular season play. In other words at the end of the season who would be the best player that year. Example (in 1980 Gretzky and Trottier had a 30 point difference in points, but Trotts had a huge playoff that earned him the Conn Smythe and at the time the highest amount of points in the playof year (29). To me Trotts gets the edge.)

    1939-40 - Milt Schmidt
    1941 - Milt Schmidt
    1942 - Syl Apps
    1943 - Doug Bentley
    1944 - Elmer Lach/Maurice Richard
    1945 - Maurice Richard (Lach wins MVP but I cant not take Rocket this year)
    1946 - Elmer Lach
    1947 - Maurice Richard
    1948 - Elmer Lach
    1949 - Bill Durnan
    1950 - Ted Lindsay
    1951 - Gordie Howe
    1952 - Gordie Howe
    1953 - Gordie Howe
    1954 - Gordie Howe
    1955 - Gordie Howe
    1956 - Jean Beliveau
    1957 - Jean Beliveau
    1958 - Dickie Moore
    1959 - Jean Beliveau
    1960 - Jean Beliveau
    1961 - Bernie Geoffrion (50 goals is hard to ignore)
    1962 - Bobby Hull
    1963 - Gordie Howe
    1964 - Bobby Hull
    1965 - Stan Mikita
    1966 - Bobby Hull
    1967 - Bobby Hull
    1968 - Stan Mikita
    1969 - Phil Esposito
    1970 - Bobby Orr
    1971 - Bobby Orr
    1972 - Bobby Orr
    1973 - Bobby Orr
    1974 - Bobby Orr
    1975 - Bobby Orr
    1976 - Guy Lafleur
    1977 - Guy Lafleur
    1978 - Guy Lafleur
    1979 - Guy Lafleur
    1980 - Bryan Trottier
    1981 - Wayne Gretzky
    1982 - Wayne Gretzky
    1983 - Wayne Gretzky
    1984 - Wayne Gretzky
    1985 - Wayne Gretzky
    1986 - Wayne Gretzky
    1987 - Wayne Gretzky
    1988 - Wayne Gretzky
    1989 - Mario Lemieux (controversial but IMO this is the first year he was at least equal)
    1990 - Mario Lemieux
    1991 - Mario Lemieux/Gretzky (regular season its Gretzky with Hull close by but IMO the injured Lemieux during the season really shone come playoff time)
    1992 - Mario Lemieux
    1993 - Mario Lemieux
    1994 - Sergei Fedorov
    1995 - Eric Lindros
    1996 - Mario Lemieux
    1997 - Mario Lemieux
    1998 - Dominik Hasek
    1999 - Jaromir Jagr
    2000 - Jaromir Jagr/Chris Pronger
    2001 - Joe Sakic
    2002 - Joe Sakic (his season, Olympic MVP push him over Iggy IMO)
    2003 - Peter Forsberg
    2004 - Martin St. Louis
    2006 - Joe Thornton
    2007 - Sidney Crosby

    Gretzky leads my list with 8. Mario has 7. Orr has 6. Howe has 5. Lafleur has 4. Hull and Beliveau have 4 each. Richard and Lach have three each. This list may not be without its faults but we are on this board to debate arent we?
     
  2. John Flyers Fan

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    If you're giving Trottier the 1980 award factoring in his big playoffs, then Clarke should get the award in 1975.

    Clarke won the Hart and Stanley Cup in 75 ... Orr won the Norris and Art Ross, but the Bruins were upset in round one vs. the Blackhawks.

    Parent should get very strong consideration for 1973-74, arguably the finest season any goalie has had since 1967. Set the NHL wins record, won the Vezina, Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe.
     
  3. VanIslander

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    No other goalies were ever the best player on the ice for a whole season?

    You don't have to be a flyers fan to think so.
     
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    And what about Mike Bossy for 1981? He was the first player since Maurice Richard to score 50 goals in 50 games, plus he was terrefic during the playoffs : 35 point in just 18 games with 17 goals! (and a record at the time for most point in playoffs).

    Gretzky had a great year too (168 points if i'm not mistaken), but I think Bossy deserve more recognition especially if you give to Trottier the award for best player in 1980. Bossy was as good if not better than Trottier IMO.
     
  5. pappyline

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    I think it is a little unfair to put much emphasis on Stanley cups as that is a team award and causes this list to be way over represented by Habs. Way too much Lach, Beliveau, & Lafleur. I would make the following changes.

    1946 Max bentley. Max won the AR & MVP. Lach finished 8th in points with only 13 goals.

    1957 Howe easily.

    1960 Hull with the AR & leading Hawks to playoffs for the first time in 7 years. Howe with the MVP is a close second.

    1979 trottier-AR MVP

    1980 Dionne IMO-AR

    1988 Lemieux & its not even close.
     
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    I like this list better than others as long as people don't confuse point totals and MVPs with best player. To that end,I'd have to tweak your list to be comfortable. Good job.
     
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    I also notice that Orr is the only defenseman and I think Bourque was the best player the year he came in second to Messier in MVP voting and Brad Park deserves consideration in 77-78 even though he never even won the Norris. You had to be there!
     
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    Sure not a bad idea to have Parent in '74 I thought of that and it wouldnt be wrong to put him in there over Orr. In '75 Clarke isnt a bad pick either but the 46 goal season by Orr is too hard to ignore IMO. Clarke may ahve won the Cup and Orr out in three playoff games but this was his last great year and its hard to keep him out of there.
     
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    Well you could put Parent in '74 and Hasek in '97 isnt bad either. Sawchuk in '52 wouldnt be wrong either. I just couldnt find a lot of goalies that were clear cut. Roy wasw never even close IMO.
     
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    1991 - (I would choose Hull)
    1997 - (I would choose Hasek)
    1999 - (I would choose Hasek)
    2000 - (I would choose Jagr)
    2002 - (I would choose Iginla)
    2006 - (I would take Jagr)
     
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    Defeinitely Lemieux in 1988.

    This looks a bit too much like Hart voting... not surprising, I mean the guy did try to throw some curveballs in there, but in the later years especially it just matches Hart results.
     
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    1975: I'd give it to Bobby Clarke; for the reasons already given by JFF

    1979: Tough to ignore Trottier's season or Lafleur's performance against Boston in the playoffs, but my choice would be Denis Potvin. Best season of his career and led the Isles in scoring in the playoffs.

    1988: As well as he played that year, I can't give it to Lemieux. Wayne Gretzky had the best playoffs of his career while Lemieux didn't make the playoffs. Remember how all the experts were saying that the Oilers time was over? How they would miss Coffey too much? THN's infamous "Flames will win the Cup. Trust us." cover story. Gretzky's performance against Calgary (and later Boston) was masterful.

    1990: This is tough. Lemieux unfortunately missed over 20 games, but fairly or unfairly I can't give it to a player with only 59 RS games and no playoffs. Especially when the other top contenders (Bourque and Messier made it to the Final.

    1994: Fedorov had a great season, but was gone after the first round. Brian Leetch and Pavel Bure had very good seasons but great playoffs.

    2002: IMO Patrick Roy deserved the Hart that year, but for season and playoffs combined I'd take Nicklas Lidstrom.
     
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    Yeh, but his curveballs sure show a Habs bias. Lach in 46 & Beliveau in 57 & 60, IMO, make no sense.
     
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    Don't like these HHOF lists at all.
     
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    Here's a few changes I'd make, for the last decade's worth. In particular, the last few seasons seem to over-emphasize regular season performance only.

    I'd take Dominik Hasek over Lemieux here. Lemieux's season was good but not one of his most dominating ones, and Hasek ran away with the Hart trophy this year.


    Nicklas Lidstrom had the best overall season, winning the Norris and Conn Smythe.

    I'd go with Eric Staal, who scored less than Thornton in the regular season but was immesurably better in the playoffs.
     
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    I wouldn't take either for 2006 but if I chose one Hurricane it would be Brind'Amour not Staal.
     
  18. We got it when you said you didn't like the list one minute before this post but nice attempt at padding your post count.....:shakehead
     
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    Jagr was better then Thorton in 06. Everyone had the Rangers last that year and with some help from King Henrik the Rangers were just one win away from taking the division title. It was brutal that JT got the Hart and the Art Ross that year, both stolen from a much more deserving Jaromir Jagr.
     

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