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02-02-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
Agreed with you here.

Messier was good on the draw, a physical guy (obviously) and could be used power against power but I don't think he was outstanding defensively by any means. Not to say he was bad either, though.

Certainly not at the Clarke Trottier Fedorov level..
I kinda get what you're saying, but I disagree that he wasn't elite defensively or that he could only be used in, 'power on power' match up. For example: Messier was matched up against Larionov in the 87 Canada Cup, and against Denis Savard in the 1990 playoffs. Not exactly power-on-power matches, there.

He wasn't on Clarke's level, but he was probably close to Trottier. I won't touch on Fedorov because a cult has developed around this guy on HFBoards, and any negative comments will no doubt derail this thread.

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