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05-16-2013, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
To mike14 and bernmeister:

Messier is 2nd in goals (Ratelle), 3rd in assists (Ratelle, Tkaczuk), and 2nd in points (Ratelle) in terms of NYR franchise centermen. Ratelle compiled an impressive regular season resume. I tend to be swayed by the fact that Messier's playoff resume is so much stronger.

Ratelle managed 9 goals in 65 playoff games, well below his regular season pace. His assists per game also dropped in the playoffs. Messier increased GPG and APG in the playoffs during his tenure as a Ranger. I know playoff success is a function of the team itself but some of those 70's Rangers teams were just as strong as the '94 Rangers. Ratelle had the support of Park, Gilbert, not to mention Tkaczuk.
But no one in '94 was as dominant as Orr, and arguably the Canadians of this period were stronger than '94 counterparts.

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