Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-27-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Brave Sir Robin View Post
I think we should stop being so focused on Ovi and look at the rest of the team. For instance, let's focus on the forwards. We currently have only two 30 goal scorers among our forwards - Ovi and Backstrom. Only 3 of our forwards have ever broken 60 pts. - 8, 19 and Ribeiro.

Over the last few years we lost a lot of skilled players: Semin, Fedorov, Kozlov, Fleischmann, and even Knuble. All those players had higher skill sets than anyone on our roster, save for the big 3. At this point, I think that we simply lack the skill level necessary to play offensive hockey.
While I believe some of that is true, especially concerning the forwards the Caps have iced so far this season, I think if you go back and look at the last great, in the regular season anyway, Caps team, '09-'10, from a talent perspective we aren't looking at any real significant gulf between that team and the 2 teams immediately afterwards, both of which Ovechkin was not anywhere close to the player he was previously.

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