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11-27-2012, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by UnrefinedCrude View Post
If/when an NHL season happens, how much of an advantage do you guys think it is for teams that have had groups of players playing together on the farm team?

I think it could have a significant impact at the start of a shortened season. though other players have been playing elsewhere they will have to readjust their games to their teammates and linemates, while a few teams will be able to import blocs of players who have been working together for months.

In the end true talent will win out, the best players will emerge as the best players, but in a shortened season a handful of points at the beginning of the season, due to chemistry, could significantly alter the playoff picture.
Probably not much, the only team really that is going to have a mass exodus of players that are likely to play together is OKC/Edmonton. Most others will have one to three. Houston for example will have Granlund, Scandella and possibly one of Coyle or Zucker head up, even than they probably wouldn't be put on the same line in the NHL.

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