Messier vs. Esposito
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12-31-2012, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by
eva unit zero
How many of the Bruins had their best seasons when Esposito was on the team?
Now compare that number with the following five:
How many of the Oilers had their best year with Messier on the team?
Uh oh... was Glenn Anderson better than Wayne Gretzky?
Trottier, Bossy, Potvin had their best seasons with Ken Morrow on the team too.
Cause & Effect.
The argument of which player in hockey history has elevated the play of teammates more probably results in:
Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux (order to be debated in another thread, likely during the lockout)
While Mess is a tremendous player and somewhere in the top 20 on that list, I don't think he compares to Orr.
Unfair to take away Espo's accomplishments because he played with Orr just like it's unfair to take Messier's away because he played with Gretzky.
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