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11-23-2012, 07:31 AM
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Esposito's PP scoring was still at a high level in NY. It's his ES scoring that dropped off by a lot.

This trend was starting to appear in his last year in Boston, so age probably had something to do with it. But I think it also points to the fact that Espo was a great player in the offensive zone - maybe one of the best forwards ever there - but was nothing special in transition. As a result he excelled on the power play, and while playing with Bobby Orr (who's presence on the ice was almost as good as a power play.)

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