Name past (and current) players who were better than their stats indicated
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03-02-2013, 10:00 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Savard, Tikkanen, Carbonneau and Elias are all great examples. Just to add a few not mentioned yet:
Terry O'Reilly: His stats suggest an average 2nd line RW who was tough and a consistent 20 goal scorer. But his play went far beyond that. Larry Robinson said in his book that for all the talents that played for Boston in the late70s-80s, O'Reilly was the heart and soul of the team. There's an article
where Fred Shero talks about how he felt O'Reilly was the reason for Boston beating Philadelphia in the playoffs.
Mark Messier: Every few months it seems like a topic will come up here claiming Messier was overrated because he won an award despite having less points than some other player. It totally misses the point that Messier's contributions went much further than statistics (though his stats were impressive). Possibly the most effective combination of speed and strength in the games history. GMs are still hoping to find the next Messier every year at the draft.
Dale Hunter: Remembered mostly as a very dirty player (which he admittedly was), but was also extremely effective. He could frustrate any opponent off their game, and had a knack for coming through in the clutch.
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