Messier vs. Esposito
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11-22-2012, 09:50 PM
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Phil cracks top 10 in scoring 2 times before coming to Boston.
In only 3 full seasons. Messier didn't make the top 10 for the 1st time until his 4th full NHL season, so that's not too bad.
He doesn't top 50 goals until he is 28 and Bobby Orr has taken over that Bruin team.
He led the NHL in goals, assists and points before he scored 50 goals in a season. Again, not too bad.
Maybe Phil cracks top 10 in scoring and goals several times in a career without Orr but it's almost impossible to see him scoring over 55 goals even once in a non Orr environment, never mind he did it 5 straight years when Orr was in full swing.
A guy that made the top 10 in points in 2 of 3 seasons in Chicago, then finished 1st or 2nd in points 8 straight seasons, couldn't crack the top 10 without Orr?
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