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Denis Savard was a product of the 1980s - never scoring below 70 points from 1980-81 to 1988-1989
When you talk about scoring prowess in the 1980s, the first player that comes to mind is Wayne Gretzky.
Of course, Gretzky led the league in scoring from 1980-81 to 1986-87 as well as in 1989-90 and broke many records along the way, including 50 goals in 39 games, a feat that will not be replicated in today's NHL simply because of the change in style.
Or how about Grezky's four 200+ point seasons in 1981-82, and from 1983-84 to 1985-86. Not to mention the not-too-shabby 92 goals in 1981-82 or his 47 playoff points in only 18 games in 1984-85.
Gretzky led the decade with 1,979 points in 847 games from 1979-80 to 1989-90.
Yes, Gretzky set many records, but how about the rest of the gang.
Let's start with his linemate Jari Kurri.
Kurri scored six 100+ point seasons, including five straight from 1982-83 to 1986-87, a career high set in 1984-85 with 135 points (71 goals, 64 assists).
The year Gretzky scored 215 points, there were fourteen players with 100 or more points. In 1984-85 there were sixteen players with 100 or more points, including Jari Kurri (135), Dale Hawerchuk (130), Marcel Dionne (126), Paul Coffey (121), Mike Bossy (117), John Ogrondick and Denis Savard (105), Bernie Federko (103), Mike Gartner and Brent Sutter (102), Paul MacLean (101), and Mario Lemieux, Bernie Nicholls, Peter Stastny, and John Tonelli (100).
Not a bad list. All of these players are either in the Hockey Hall of Fame or on their way there.
Let's not forget about Mario Lemieux, who won the Art Ross in 1987-88 and 1988-89, while almost breaking the 200 point plateau.
Points matter alot, but what about goals?
Again, Gretzky led the decade with 677 goals.
Mike Bossy was close behind with 451 goals, including leading the league in 1980-81.
Another great goal scorers was Mike Gartner who scored 438 goals in the decade, while never scoring less than 35 in a season.
In the matter of goals, the 1984-85 season saw nine players score 50 or more goals. There was never a year in the 1980s where there were fewer than five 50 goals scorers in a season (1985-86).