theminister Posted April 9, 2015 Share Posted April 9, 2015 The NHL scoring leader may have as little as 85-87 points this year. While most of the players competing for the scoring leader prize this year are players that we should expect to be at the top of the table, the Art Ross will be awarded this year to the lowest scoring league leader in 50 years!!! It isn't an embarrassment on the players but on the league and their inability to maintain a level of stability across league generational scoring. Even through the 'Dead Puck' era of the trap and low scoring years we have never seen such a limiting factor on the elite players in the league. No new regulations for interference, holding, face-offs, the trapezoid, etc. has improved league scoring at the top end despite the league mandate. Clearly, the level of competition and parity is greater than ever before but doesn't this require a response from those that dictate the National Hockey League? What is to be done about this? Is it a problem? Does it change the way we evaluate league records? Does it kill some of the excitement for the game? How dire is this circumstance? Or is it a One-Off? Now naturally, we aren't requiring a return to 200 point seasons to make the trophy relevant again but wouldn't a return to the Art Ross winner being in the 130-150 point range be better for the NHL? My personal belief is that goalie equipment needs to be paired down to the size required for safety only, not helping them save goals, but there must be greater reasons for the ridiculously stringent offence from the most physically talented players to ever play the game. What are your thoughts? Are we going backwards? FYI the last Art Ross winner to have less than 90 points in a full season was Stan Mikita in '67-68 with 87. If no player reaches that level, which seems entirely possible, the next threshold is Bobby Hull with 84 in '61-62. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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