shmenguin wrote:headh wrote:shmenguin wrote:headh wrote:You may be right but I'd be more interested in your defense than your conclusion. What is your thought process?

Mine is simple...Geno and Sid have very similar skill levels but Geno is just bigger. Sid has greater discipline and consistency but Geno has a higher athletic ceiling and therefore is capable of greater things. Their accomplishments are very similar.

dude...sid at his best is unmatched. it's been over a decade since anyone has sniffed that level of play. it doesn't mean that malkin isn't great, but come one.

Actually I think you are factually inaccurate. Sid got 1.5 points per game this season which is 2013. 56 points in 36 games.

Geno got 1.4 points per game in 2012 as he won the NHL MVP award. He tallied 109 points in 75 games. So one year ago Geno was playing at the same level.

blech. nevermind. not worth it

Allow me to help:

0.1 points per game is an 8-9 point difference over the course of an 82 game season. I'm fairly certain that'd be classified as "dominance" by almost anyone.

Or we could go with... Crosby has lead the NHL in points per game each of the last 3 seasons. His 1.61 points per game prior to being concussed in 2010-11 was rivaled by noone; Daniel Sedin finished the season second best at 1.27 points per game. Last year, Malkin took home the Art Ross by putting up 1.45 points/game yet it didn't hold a candle to Crosby's 1.68 points per game despite his career being in question. This season, Crosby's 1.56 points per game is in the driver's seat once again with Lupul ranking second at 1.40 points per game and Stamkos third at 1.33 points per game.

I would compare career best numbers, but I think this makes a stronger argument: Malkin put up a career best 1.45 points per game last season, as you mentioned, en route to his second Art Ross trophy. Crosby, in comparison, is averaging 1.41 points per game

over his NHL career. To compare in real numbers, Malkin's best offensive output equates to 118.9 points in 82 games while Crosby's average offensive output would be 115.6 points in 82 games. You read that right - Crosby's

average output falls only about 3 points shy of Malkin's

best.

Crosby's best, 1.68 points per game last season, comes in at 137.8 points in 82 games. The last time someone put up numbers that high was Lemieux with 161 in 1995-96. The next closest Art Ross winner was Jagr with 127 points in 1998-99.