Round 2, Vote 2 (HFNYR Top Centers)
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05-21-2013, 04:48 PM
Cake or Death
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Bern, the two other eligibles are Gretz and Goyette. I think it was Mike or Greg who mentioned they had Goyette in their top 10 but I haven't heard any substantial arguments in his favor yet.
I'm surprised you have Espo so low. He was here for 5.5 years and placed in the 95th percentile of the entire league for 4 of them. Conversely, O'Connor was here for 4 seasons and was exceptional in only 1. A Hart season. No Cup. How much do we want to weigh that Hart here when there's nothing else noteworthy on his Rangers resume?
Regarding O'Connor, he did have two top 10 playoff scoring finishes in his 4 seasons here. And it seems worth noting that all three of him, Raleigh, and Laprade were top 10 point guys in the 1950 playoffs and lost the Cup in a game 7 double OT. When you have the craptastic Cup history we do, losing a game 7 in double OT seems worth mentioning. And scoring-wise at least, O'Connor's held his own playing his last four seasons here against prime Raleigh and Laprade, playing more games and scoring more points than the latter two:
Not earth shattering, but also not often that we can look at three guys we're comparing when they were all playing at the same time.
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