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01-30-2011, 10:29 PM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
Overrated as a "leader" but not as much as a player.
He alienated teammates, sold out coaches, and had zero tact.
Still, in the history of hockey, there are so few players who combined great physical attributes into one package -- speed, power, strength, finesse. He could kill you with his passing as much as he could with his shot.
Messier was All-NHL as a winger and as a Center.
15th overall sounds about right because you cant ignore the trophies and the two Cups without Gretzky. To me, his 1996 regular season was probably his best overall, as he would have hit 50 goals and 100 points (and almost a 20.0 shooting pct) at the ripe old age of 35.
For the people who put him 25 or below, I'd like to hear who they feel is more deserving. Because we here can find shortcomings in anybody's career.
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