Messier Vs Yzerman
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12-14-2012, 06:26 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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He won two hart trophies something Yzerman couldn't even win once.
Not to mention he won cups without Gretzky... did Yzerman ever do anything without Lidstrom, his teams best player?
Posted the highest point total ever recorded by someone not named Gretzky or Lemieux, and did it without another 100-point player on the team. That's something Gretzky and Lemieux only achieved once each themselves.
Given that Yzerman had just recovered from surgery in the offseason to repair a severly injured knee that had ended his season the previous year; he missed 16 regular season games, but played the final 3 games of the CCF against Edmonton. With a support cast like Gretzky or Lemieux had and health like Gretzky's prime, could Yzerman have hit 200? It's certainly possible, he was being compared to those two in 1988 offensively. If he had retained his footspeed with no knee injury, maybe he is a perennial 70-80 goal guy instead of 50+ (he was on pace for 60+, and hit 65 and 62 the next two years).
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