@Polaris922 @jammer2 I think those points make @yave1964's point ring even more true. The more I think about it, the more I think Gordie and Wayne would match up better with the types of players I mentioned in my last post. The skill of the first three and the physical play of the second three would probably match better.
The only thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was, "that would have made Gretzky awfully young. Like in diapers."
In regard to them playing on the same line/team:
I don't think it would have raised Gretzky's numbers all that much, actually. Given what Gretzky already had around him, if you subtract one or more of those and insert Howe you probably don't end up with anything appreciably higher.
Maybe Howe ends up being Gretzky's protection on th
As great as Gordie was, he was not gonna give Wayne much more scoring than he already had....first pp of Kurri, Mess, Wayne, Glen Anderson, Coffey etc....you don't get much better than that...but he certainly would have created some nice room for Wayne.
That is a good point. Sometimes, no matter how talented the individual is, they just don't mesh with the other top talent. A good example of that was how long it took the Stay Puffed man to get acclimated, despite all the talent, skill and speed around him.....and Phil is not exactly a slouch in the skating dept....he's probably in the top 10% of skating for the league.
I read an article earlier today that posed the question of what Gordie Howe's stats would look like if he and Gretzky played at the same time. The article gave some numbers, but I decided to dig a little deeper into them and come up with a year-by-year breakdown of Gordie's stats to see how they would have compared to Gretzky's. I found the results very interesting. This post is long because of the season by season posts, but check it out anyway. I think it will prove interesting.