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Nowhere in sight

NHL snipers falling well short of milestone stats

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Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2001 2:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday February 21, 2001 2:42 AM

  Wayne Gretzky once made a mockery of the 50-goal mark. Now stars struggle to reach it. Allsport

By Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com

The 50-goal scorer in the NHL is disappearing faster than XFL television ratings.

The 1998-99 season marked the first time since 1969-70 that no player reached 50 goals in a full season. Since then, one player has done it -- Pavel Bure with 58 last season. With 39 goals, Bure is the only sniper with a chance, but he only has 22 more games left this season.

From 1977-78 to '97-98, there were at least three 50-goal men every season (with the exception of the 1994-95 lockout year). As recently as 1995-96, there were eight 50-goal scorers. In 1981, Wayne Gretzky turned the hockey world upside down by reaching 50 in a mere 39 games.

There has been a similar decline in 100-point scorers. There were 12 in '95-96 and 21 in '92-93 but none last season and only six in the previous three years. Joe Sakic (80 points through Feb. 20) and Jaromir Jagr (79 points) are the likeliest to score 100 this season.

50-Somethings
Pavel Bure Steve Babineau/Allsport
Year  No.  Year  No. 
1999-00  1  1985-86  6 
1998-99  1984-85  9 
1997-98  4  1983-84  8 
1996-97  4  1982-83  7 
1995-96  8  1981-82  10 
1994-95  --  1980-81  8 
1993-94  9  1979-80  9 
1992-93  14  1978-79  4 
1991-92  4  1977-78  2 
1990-91  4  1976-77  3 
1989-90  8  1975-76  6 
1988-89  6  1974-75  4 
1987-88  8  1973-74  4 
1986-87  5  1972-73  3 
 

100 or Bust
Jaromir Jagr Peter J. Taylor/Allsport
Year  No.  Year  No. 
1999-00  1985-86  13 
1998-99  3  1984-85  16 
1997-98  1  1983-84  12 
1996-97  2  1982-83  11 
1995-96  12  1981-82  13 
1994-95  --  1980-81  12 
1993-94  8  1979-80  8 
1992-93  21  1978-79  7 
1991-92  9  1977-78  3 
1990-91  10  1976-77  3 
1989-90  13  1975-76  9 
1988-89  9  1974-75  7 
1987-88  12  1973-74  3 
1986-87  7  1972-73  4 
 

 
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