The Colonel wrote:
Think about this.
If you took every one of Gretzky's goals away he ever scored....he would have more assists then anybody has points. That just blows my mind and always has. Just his assists beat anyone in total points. That in my opinion says that Gretzky in the end was better then Mario, even if Mario stayed healthy in his career.
Also...thanks for posting that video! Brings back the memories.
Actually, you make my point for me Colonel. Lemieux would feed pucks to players who 1) had no idea it was coming to them and 2) didn't know what to do when the puck arrived. Some of these stiffs scored goals because the puck bounced
off them into the net. And that wasn't a rare event; it happened all the time.
I mean how many goals could Gary Riesling score even when paired with Lemieux? I've seen potted plants with better hands than some of the totally forgettable Penguin forwards of the mid 80s.
No, the assist number is directly affected by the quality of the team around the player.