Best Teams Never to Win the Stanley Cup
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11-26-2012, 08:53 PM
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The Kariya+Selanne Avs was another shocker how that did not amount to more.
I think injuries played a big part as to why that team didn't enjoy as much success as they should have. Kariya only appeared in 1 playoff game for the Avs and just 55 games, scoring a measly 36 points. Selanne was also pretty banged up at that point in his career despite appearing in 78 games that season. He only scored 32 points in 78 games and that had to be the worst season of his NHL career. Selanne wasn't any better in the playoffs, scoring only 3 points (all assists) in 10 games.
To add to the lackluster performances from that duo, Forsberg was limited to only 39 games that season and missed the rest of the year and the playoffs. That was also the Avs' first year after Patrick Roy retired. Although Aebischer had put up decent numbers, he was no Patrick Roy, and that hurt them immensely.
On paper they looked great, but in reality, that team just had too many holes and that was in large part due to injuries.
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