Messier vs. Esposito
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01-05-2013, 12:29 PM
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While I agree with you that Phil had better cornermen in Boston here is how he did in PPG after leaving
76 1st with 19 3-12 with Boston, 16-62 with NYR)
77 2nd with 15
78 2nd with 21
79 tied for 7th with 14
80 10th had 15 PPG, Phil 13
We ahve to remember that while Phil had years that he led the NHL in Boston like
in 75 (27) and 72 (28)
He also had years like
73 2nd with 19
74 4th with 14
IMO the Ranger affect is getting overblown, certainly in relation to the Orr affect.
And I disagree. Esposito had a very specific skillset. The right strategy had to be employed to maximize his scoring. That just was not happening in NY.
There was no Bobby Orr when Espo was showing the world how good he was at the summit series. the russian defensemen all stated "Esposito" was Canada's most dangerous player by far and that they had the hardest time stopping him.
Edit: For the record, I voted Messier in the poll. I am just tired of seeing Esposito downplayed as if Orr was the only reason he ever achieved what he did when in fact, if you are going to credit anyone, it should be Hodge and Cashman
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