Messier vs. Esposito
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12-11-2012, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by
Hawkey Town 18
If you look at Esposito's numbers in Boston during games when Orr did not play the data suggests that he still wins multiple Art Ross trophies, but not as many and not by as large of margins. And that doesn't take into effect that in those games
without Orr the D support Esposito was getting in Boston was lesser than many of the other top league scorers.
This really needs to be remembered when comparing the performances of the Bruins forwards with and without Orr. You aren't comparing the effect of the greatest offensive defenseman of all time to an average defense, you are comparing Orr's effect to what the Bruins had when he wasn't on the ice - which certainly seems below average from a puck moving standpoint.
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