Posted 20 August 2014 - 08:52 AM
Pretty much this. Also I think a lot of Devils fans fall into the trap of just looking over past season's stats and seeing his 79-point season in 92-93 and think he was a stud. That is incredible mis-leading as when put into context of that time, that season (92-93) had 21 players hit 100 or more points and his 79 points put him not even in the top 50 in the league in points. If he had that number last year, he would be in the top 10-15.
Semak was a player who did well one year, but not exceptionally well by any means by that time-period's standards. That's the Live Puck Era for you.
Yes, as we get further and further away from Live Puck, numbers have a way of looking much more impressive than they really were. Point-per-game players were simply not that big of a deal in 92-93...15 out of 24 teams scored over 300 goals in 84 games, fourteen players scored 50+ goals, and 20 players finished with 100+ points. Exactly five goalies finished with save%s of .900+, and two goalies finished with GAA under 3.00.
When unknown poster was still posting here, he made a much bigger deal out of Peter Stastny's numbers with the Devils than was warranted. If you compare his Devils numbers with 2014 standards, yeah, they look pretty good...against his peers at the time, not so much.
Though there was clearly some awesome offensive talent back then (Mario Lemieux averaged an insane 2.67 points-per-game that year), there was a serious dearth of good goaltending as well. I've pointed it out before, but some of the better '80s goalies didn't really get that much worse in the 90s than they had been previously...the young goalies starting to come up were just better.
The list really says it all, not to mention Hasek hadn't become Hasek just yet. (Roy was OK for the time, but that wasn't one of his better regular seasons, especially for him...of course, in the playoffs he kicked it up about 10 notches and then some).
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