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11-23-2012, 03:11 AM
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If we take Orr "out of the equation" and use 1.20 & 1.04 from '68 to '75 for Espo's on & off ratios (keeping ESGA constant for both Espo and Boston), then his "career" ('68-81... no data before '68) ESGF/GF ratio would be ~1.00-1.05, about matching his "career" on/off ratio. This would put him toward the bottom of the range of elite forwards for which I've calculated such numbers (Ovepass has better numbers adjusted for era) along with players like these:

Perreault... lower career number, but had tough comparisons
Messier... had more defensive role and some very difficult comparisons w/ Gretzky
Francis... better career number, had more of a defensive role, but helped by Jagr years and generally easier comparisons
Yzerman... "drove the bus" as an elite point producer, had more defensive role in later years, and had tough comparisons
Brett Hull... pretty similar numbers w/ tough comparisons
Bure... better peak and career numbers, but slightly easier comparisons

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