NHL All-Time Goals Leaders - Stats Hockey
Here is an idea I am going to run up the flag pole; is Marcel Dionne a greater goal scorer than Gretzky? The stats show that Gretz scored 163 more goals than Dionne, but Gretz played a lot more games, and a lot more playoff games (I don't have the stats here, but when I did them in the past, Gretzky edged Dionne on a per game average). But think about the teams; Wayne played wity Kurri, Coffey, Messier, McTavish (O.K., the last one was a joke). Dionne played with...a couple of guys I can't remember as they never made it to the playoffs.
Wait, I just found some stats for Dionne; go to http://www.hockeysandwich.com/mdionne.html - now look at the goals scored - very impressive. Now look at the team involved. He only played for crappy teams. How he managed to get that many assists is a mystery.
I am not trying to poke a hole in the holy balloon that is Gretzky, but is there room for a baseball-like examination of the stats? Is there room to say that to score as much as Marcel did, while missing the playoffs nearly every year in LA, that he was the better pure goal scorer?
Now, for the comedy comeback to my own post, here are some stats for the Kings, post Dionne:
Most Goals, Single Season
Bernie Nicholls, 1988-89: 70
Most Assists, Single Season
Wayne Gretzky, 1990-91: 122
Most Points, Single Season
Wayne Gretzky, 1988-89: 168