Players who look BETTER or WORSE after a number change

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I think Ray Bourque's switch from 7 to 77 was an upgrade.






So was Paul Coffey's.






Interestingly, 1987-88 was a huge season for 77s in the NHL--Bourque and Coffey both switched to 77 that year and were joined by Sabres rookie Pierre Turgeon wearing the number. Prior to that year, 77 was a rare number in the NHL. One of the earlier wearers of 77 was Phil Esposito, whose switch from 7 to 77 ironically seems like more of a downgrade.






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