Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:44 AM
Patty will retire as the greatest forward in the history of the team. He will get overlooked by voters because sacrificed personal points for winning.
Four trips to the Finals and two Cups says he will make the HOF.
I don't necessarily think he "sacrificed personal points". He has always gotten opportunities to play with the Devils' top offensive personnel through the years (rightly so of course), though clearly the quality of that personnel varied. His most impressive season from an offensive standpoint was really 2003-04. In a lot of ways, it was him or it was nothing that year. He popped in 38 goals...Gio ranked second, with 21, and Gio really didn't get going until the end of the season, when the EGG line was put together. Gomez had 70 points to rank second behind Elias' 81, but Elias' finishing ability clearly helped Gomez's numbers. Friesen was third in points for forwards...with 37! That team would've been brutal without Elias.
The era he played in and the teams he played for definitely weren't stat-bloaters, but as we've seen through the years, playing for a team that is more offensive-minded won't automatically correlate to bigger and better numbers. We've seen free-agent signings and trades that seemed like slam-dunks on paper (wow, that guy could put up 90+ points for that team easily), but don't work out as planned. Sure, if he had played in the Live Puck Era, he puts up better eye-candy numbers for sure. I remember Live Puck well, and 30-goal scorers and guys who averaged a point-per-game were almost a dime-a-dozen. There are multiple reasons why (people bring up smaller goalie equipment), but I can tell you that defensemen and goalies are MUCH better now than they were then. There were some bad goalies in the 80s (just look at some highlights from that era sometime).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 22 February 2013 - 07:45 AM.
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