Originally Posted by Chris "Italia"
I don't think anyone will ever beat him, no one will ever score 200 or more in a season ever again....
He is forever the #1 hockey player of all time.
The game was different back then. I remember in the early 90s lots of players scored in the 150-160pts range but scoring was already on the decline. Lemieux came very close to a number of Gretzky's (highest #goals in a season, most consecutive games with a point, etc) records but he was always plagued with health problems. The one season he played the majority of games he got 199pts and 85 goals.
Also, If gretzky had been on a shitty team like Lemieux was, he wouldn't have put-up the numbers he did. He had the benefit of a great tream. Yes, he made it better, but the Oilers in the 80s would have been a great team even w/o Gretzky. The Penguins were crap until Lemieux dragged them in to the play-offs. The other big difference is that Gretzky was sort of off-limits in terms of how you could play him. He never saw half the harrassment on the ice that Lemieux got, even with his back injuries.
All this to say that records aren't everything and that I think Lemieux was without a doubt the better player.
You're right though. I don't think anyone will put-up gretzky's numbers again unless the way the game is played changes significantly.