He's talking about this.
Meh, that was nice, but that wouldn't even make Stevie Y's top 10.
Since so many have been quoting stats to make their arguments, I decided to look at their numbers on a per-season basis rather than their whole career and here's what I found:
Yzerman and Sakic both had 6 100-point seasons, look at the difference
Yzerman: 155, 137, 127, 108, 103, 102
Sakic: 120, 118, 109, 105, 102, 100
As someone else pointed out, only 2 players have ever recorded more points in a single season than Yzerman's 155.
Top 5 goal totals
Yzerman: 65, 62, 58, 51, 45
Sakic: 54, 51, 48, 48, 41
Again, advantage Yzerman.
Basically, what it boils down to is that Yzerman had the higher peak, while Sakic's peak lasted longer. You can attribute Yzerman's "decline" to a combination of injury and coaching style, but for a long time he was the only good player on his team, whereas Sakic had a better supporting cast for longer.
From a purely objective view, the slight advantage goes to Yzerman, but as a Wings fan and more importantly as someone who grew up idolizing him, there is no contest, Yzerman hands down.
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