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01-24-2013, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Ok, if we're doing things that way what percentage of Mark Messier's stats can we attribute to the incredible number of HHOFers he played with during his career? After all, a great number of them were better than him overall, and others were better at least during some/all seasons played together.

What if, instead of Gretzky and Coffey, the Oilers had an average defenseman and average first-line center? What does Messier's career look like then?
Arguably better, since Messier exploded after Gretzky was no longer on the team and he was given prime offensive opportunities for the first time.

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