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05-26-2013, 10:38 AM
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I guess the question then becomes whether two great regular seasons and one great individual playoff performance supersede Espo's entire body of work as a Ranger. It's a tough question to answer. I keep going back and forth.
I have insane respect for both guys, but in an ideal world, since both were at the ends of their careers and their best work was elsewhere, I'd prefer neither. Gretzky has the hardware, AST selections, point leads and what not, but it's a ridiculously short body of work.

Espo was a scoring machine, though he notched a lot of his points on the PP and from what I remember watching he was somewhat of a defensive nightmare at ES. I'll see if any stats can illustrate. Gosh, I hate +/- but it does kinda help make the point. Just for illustration purposes, here's Espo vs Walt in GP, Even Strength Pts and +/- the seasons Espo and Tkaczuk played together:

Esposito

SeasonGPESP+/-
75-766233-39
76-778047-28
77-787942-22
78-798052-1
79-808050-13
80-814114-13
TOTAL422238-116

Tkaczuk

SeasonGPESP+/-
75-767830-10
76-778045+11
77-788052+15
78-797735+20
79-807626+19
80-814325+13
TOTAL434213+68

This is not to take anything away from Espo's scoring, body of playoff work, or the fact that he was excellent on the PP, a fact that should not be diminished. I just remember him as pretty unspectacular in his own end. And that's being friendly lol. Point being, I'd rather have a few other top 10 options and am a little saddened that we don't.

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