Messier vs. Esposito
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11-22-2012, 11:57 PM
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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).
Hmm. I agree on Kurri being underrated defensively, but I don't like him in his own zone as much as I like Messier. Kurri was good defensively in a, 'get back and cover for Gretzky' kind of way.
Was he ever used in a shutdown role? Did he ever impact games in all three zones? I'm not sure he did.
I will agree that he is exactly the kind of player who would win Selkes in the current voting climate, but I still give Messier a rather large edge regardless.
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