Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:15 PM
For Modano, nothing stands out because he never played with another HOF forward in his prime, besides Nieuwendyk, and that might've been only on the power play, if at all. He also played in a system that stressed defense. He also scored more of his goals at even strength versus the PP - 29% of modano's goals were PP goals, 35% for Recchi.
Recchi was never a great goal scorer - 1 top 10 finish in goals, that being 9, and that being when he spent most of the year in Pittsburgh playing with Lemieux or Francis. His 3 seasons where he is top 5 in scoring, he's either playing with Lindros or Lemieux/Francis. He's a guy who if he hadn't played with those guys could've easily got the Andreychuk tag stuck on him (and indeed Andreychuk's best seasons are in Toronto with Gilmour and the rest are thoroughly good not great).
re: Andreychuk, I posted this a long time ago, but prior to his offense declining, he was about a point-per-game player through his first 1083 GP (503 G, 558 A, 1061 Pts, +56). His numbers at that point were very similar to Joey Mullen's career numbers (1062 GP, 502 G, 561 A, 1063 Pts, +163), who got in pretty quickly (in 2000, last played in 1997)...of course, Mullen won three Cups. Andreychuk's overall point-per-game average clearly took a hit from '97-'98 on (he was also a -66 in that time frame), which seems to be hurting his case.
re: Modano, yeah, you pretty much summed it up. Same reasons why Elias' numbers aren't as awe-inspiring as they could've been (but he'll still wind up with 400 G and 600 A).
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