Playmaking seasons

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  1. markrander87

    markrander87 Registered User

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    Hypothetical Question:


    Player X finishes 3rd in assists with 50 assists. Player Y led the league with 70 assists.

    Player A finishes 11th with 50 assists. Player B led the league with 65 assists.

    Who had a more impressive playmaking season Player X or player A??
     
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  2. Big Phil

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    Player X did. He did much better in comparison to his peers where as the 1996 player did fine but several players did better than he did making his season decent but far less impressive. Besides, 50 assists in 1954 was a great season. You can say all you want about the talent pool being bigger in 1996, but the truth is, in the original 6 days there were no patsies around and the competition was tight as was the checking. You played each other 14 times a year, there were no secrets. The best players in 1954 were as good as the best in 1996 and that's all that matters.
     
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    Neither example is anything close to the reality of history, so it makes the year reference useless.

    The NHL record for assists in 1954 was 55, and there had been only 3 50+ assist seasons by only 2 players. So what are we to make of a 70 assist season?

    In 1996, 8 of the top 10 in points had more than 65 assists. Even in 1997, when we enter the dead puck era and scoring drops, your 50 assist season is well out of 11th place.

    You have an example of a player 20 assists back of a epic accomplishment and one of a guy 15 assists back of a rather mediocre leader, where many of the really good players must have been injured for a good chunk of time.
     
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    Good Points, to eliminate confusion the years have been eliminated from the question and we are dealing strictly on the placement for their totals and how far back they were of the leading total.
     
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    I told you to do this before!

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    3rd vs 11th

    I don't see how it's a question.
     
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    Player X is more impressive given the available information. The slightly larger gap between the league leader and Player X does not make up for the 8 additional people who finished ahead of player A, assuming that all other factors are equal.
     
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    Ask the gentleman above you. He votes for the 11th place finish.
     

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