Messier vs. Esposito
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11-22-2012, 10:41 PM
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Pre-90s, the Selke was the domain of actual defensive forwards; guys who played on the third-line and checked for a living (with the deserved exception of Clarke).
It wasn't until the Fedorov win in 1994 that it became the, 'give-it-to-whoever-needs-a-trophy' bastardization it currently is.
Had voting tendencies been what they were during Messier's peak, I think he wins a couple.
In the 1987 Canada Cup, Keenan had as much talent at his disposal as any coach ever (including future Selke winner Gilmour, noted shutdown artist Sutter, and two-way star Hawerchuk), and he went with Messier wire-to-wire against the best line in the world at the time.
Agree with your observations but not the conclusions. It was Kurri who would have won a few Selkes, not Messier. Kurri is underrated as a two-way player, while I believe Messier is overrated (mainly b/c of his physical play).
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