There are those who say that the days of Gretzky and Lemeiux were the most exciting in the modern era of the NHL.
Don’t get me wrong, teams like Edmonton and Pittsburgh were a treat to watch in the 1980s and 1990s. If you took your eyes off the TV when the Oilers were on the ice three decades ago, you missed something spectacular.
In the early 1990s Lemieux and Jagr were lethal for the Penguins.
However, we are now in in a comparable time. The neutral zone trap is a thing of the past. Patrik Laine’s five goal performance for the Jets against the Blues on Saturday was sensational. Then on Wednesday night Auston Matthews returned after a month away due to injury, and had three
points in a win over San Jose. Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche trumped Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick with a four point performance
in Colorado’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.
It’s easy for people of a certain age to always believe that things were better then, than now.
Despite what you may hear, the NHL hockey in 2018 is just as good.