Recently watched oilers vs flyers and oilers vs bruins in the early 80's and as I stated earlier Messier is/was one of my favorite players. It was fun to watch as an adult vs kid. Messier was a bull in a china shop early in his career boy. Combine that with his speed and he was a freight train. If guys went near him he wasn't afraid to throw an elbow or cross check in a second.
He wouldn't get away with his ways today though. The rule book would get him and two he wouldn't always be one of the biggest players on the ice. Take nothing from him though he is one of the greats.