Messier Vs Yzerman
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12-23-2012, 07:11 AM
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well, graham was the best defensive winger in the game at the time, and a guy who was intimately familiar with the coach's gameplan. hardly an indefensible pick.
now, if you were to say yzerman over brent sutter, that makes sense. both are natural centers. but even though yzerman can play wing,
the argument for having a natural winger who was the reigning selke winner over a converted star offensive center who is above average-to-very good defensively is a solid one.
But not exactly one Keenan made in the '87 Canada Cup, when he ran a lineup consisting of 7 natural centres: Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier (centre as of '84/85), Hawerchuk, Tocchet, Sutter, and Gilmour. Imagine if Troy Murray (Selke winner in '86 for the pre-Keenan Blackhawks) had made it that year instead of any of them, lol.
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