no name wrote:Its not the acoring leader i want to see as much as just a return of more goals per game acored. That is just me though, i know alot of people are happy with todays scoring pace. But a nice reward to more scoring would be the return of the scoring title winner getting 120+ points a season. Maybe the Rocket winner getting 60+ goals every year.
I think a really exceptional season in todays game would be the 140 point season. 143.5 would be a 1.75 point per game avg scoring pace. In todays game i think that would be Gretzky-esque.
Yeah but it's not likely to ever happen.
There are really no major changes to be made that could effect GPG without catastrophically changing the face of the game. Larger rinks? Not likely. The only spot one could make a case might be for the league to mandate referees call penalties as they occur, irregardless of which team has had how many PP (sort of like how the Olympics or World tournaments do. Where you can see one side have 12 PP and the other have 1 because that is how many penalties were actually committed.)
But for the players, the game is not the same as it was years ago. The intensity is so much higher. This is down to the money being so much greater. Just watch some of those 80s games and you can be shocked at the lack of intensity you see in the game. Particularly in the defensive end of things.
Teams today, even the worst ones, put vastly more effort into defensive effort/scheme/system. MOST players block shots, again something only a few guys did decades ago. All players relentlessly hack and slash at players all over the ice when they have the puck, making it increasingly difficult to get time/space in general. Players are more fit and therefore faster, stronger, bigger, better... making every game and individual battles hotly contested. Goalies all play some form of hybrid butterfly, which was unheard of until a Patrick Roy made it all the rage. This has greatly reduced the amount of goals scored simply because a large majority of goals are scored along the ice.
It just doesn't seem possible to go back to those times of higher scoring.