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12-08-2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by pappyline View Post
Well, I did see him a lot which is why all those assists perplex me. I don't remember him as being much of a playmaker but he sure did hang in the slot & shoot a lot so a a lot of those assists must have come off his shot. The Bruins did have a couple of guys that created havoc in front of the net-notably Bucyk & Hodge. I certainly wouldn't consider Espo as any more than an average playmaker.
No, he wasn't Adam Oates, but someone asked if he is among the top 50 playmakers of all-time, and he can't be off that list in my opinion. Esposito was subtle, much like his goal scoring. Again, he was substance rather than style in all facets of his game. This is what always seems to knock him down a peg in all-time rankings.

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