Eric Lindros vs. Mark Messier - Who was more dominant in his prime?
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12-26-2012, 04:32 PM
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For me, Messier's prime is 1989-90 to 1995-96, when he won 2 Hart Trophies, was runner up for a 3rd Hart, and had 2 outstanding playoffs. Perhaps extend it back to 1986-87 when he started to break free from Gretzky's shadow.
Even when he was in Gretzky's shadow, he was an amazing player. once Gretzky was gone, he showed he was capable of even more if given the icetime and the role of franchise player.
But overall, Lindros at missed 23 games his first season, 19 his next, 30 in 96-97 at age 23, and 19 the next year, and then 27 games at age 26.
If you wanted to tell me you would take 50-60 games of Lemieux in his prime over Messier, then I would buy it. But Lindros? No way.
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