Is it better to have balanced team and not top heavy talent?
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02-22-2013, 07:33 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
The Habs have tried a well-balanced team for a decade and it has not worked. You need some elite talent, somebody who can step up and be that gamebreaker.
A team that is a made of a committee of equals is unstable, for two reasons:
1) Nobody can step up. The 2007-08 Habs at least had Kovalev, but now there is nobody. If the going gets tough, Markov might look to Subban, Plekanec might look to Desharnais, etc. There is no one player who thinks to himself, "I have to be the one to make this work because only I can make this work".
There's also nobody who can have a hot streak and carry the team. When a guy on the Habs like Plekanec has a hot streak, he might go 1 point per game for 10 games. If Steven Stamkos of the lightning has a hot streak, he will go 1 goal per game for 10 games, big difference.
2) The second advantage is that a top-heavy team is less vulnerable to injury. This is counter intuitive, but here goes:
Assume any random NHL player misses one post-season out of five due to injury, ergo, a top-heavy team with one or two players carrying the load will be uncompetitive two seasons out of five, maybe three, because they'll be missing some talent.
However, a team that is made of equals will always be uncompetitive because they'll always have injuries. If you have 10 or 12 important players, you always have an important guy injured. The 2007-08 Habs team was first in the conference, and it collapsed in the playoffs because Mark Streit, the 4th or 5th dman on the team, was playing injured. Right now, some Habs fans are missing Brendan Gallagher, same idea. In contrast, the Penguins don't care if Pascal Dupuis or Tyler Kennedy is injured. They only care if Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Sutter, or Letang is injured; as opposed to the Habs who care if any of Plekanec, Bourque, Cole, Pacioretty, Eller, Desharnais, Cole, Moen, Prust, Markov, Subban, Emelin, Bouillon, Gorges, Price, Gallagher are injured. That means less potential for failure.
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