Round 2, Vote 2 (HFNYR Top Centers)
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05-23-2013, 09:51 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Originally Posted by
Cake or Death
I would personally place the sportswriter's MVP award way over a guy being in an all star game. The bottom line is, you compare a guy like Esposito's 6 seasons here to, say, Gretzky's three and Gretzky did vastly more in half the seasons. Gretzky posts two 2nd All Star Teams to Espo's none, Gretzky leads the league in assists twice, wins a Lady Byng, has two top 5 point finishes to Espo's none, and Gretzky has the highest playoff scoring PPG increase of anyone on the initial list.
Or compare Espo to O'Connor. O'Connor plays two seasons less than Espo, but once finishes second in the league in points, wins a Lady Byng, nothces a 2nd All Star Team selection, wins one of only two Harts of any center on our initial list, and like Espo, O'Connor went to the finals too, losing in double OT of game 7.
In less seasons both Gretzky and O'Connor won hardware, 2nd AST selections, top 5 points finishes, and solid playoff performances. Espo has no AST selections, good playoff performance, no hardware, and finished 8th in goals one year. Not saying Espo sucked, but the other two players did do a lot more.
110% agree, well said.
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