MLD2011 - Mickey Ion SF - (1) Regina Capitals vs. (5) New New York Awesome Express
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08-26-2011, 11:08 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
won't have much time to say more than this, so this is sort of a "closing argument".
Looking at my team, although it stands up well in all areas (Cook and Erixon were top vote getters at their positions and Nicholson was 3rd) and the team as a whole was defended well from some of the less-than-fair comparisons made here, it's not really goaltending, forwards, or coaching that makes this a Regina victory. It's the defense. Let's review the norris/all-star finishes earned by all the defensemen in each top-6 (top-15 only, must be more than one vote, in years where norris/AS were both earned, only higher placement counts)
red = New New York.
black = Regina.
it's not really close.
And Regina didn't just grab a bunch of "stars" without the skills to back it up. This is a big, strong, tough, physical and defensive corps of defensemen. I think it does lack in PP ability. But with that said, it's not horrible offensively, either. Here are the instances of 50% or more versus the league's #2 scoring defenseman, with Orr and Coffey removed as obvious outliers:
* = WHA converted at 0.67 exchange rate
Roberts: 66, 62, 58, 55, 52*, 52*, 51
Sargent: 68, 60, 52
Gibbs: 64, 64, 53
Guevremont: 89, 79, 72, 66
Souray: 96, 83, 65, 55
They may give way to some other defense corps in offense, but not this one. And they don't give way to any of them in overall ability.
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