Should Thornton be traded?
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02-26-2013, 02:31 AM
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Easy has been over it with you all time after time. Championship teams win with home-grown high-end forwards.
Kopitar and Brown led the Kings in scoring.
Krejci and Bergeron led the Bruins in scoring.
Toews and Kane led the Hawks in scoring.
Malkin and Crosby led the Penguins in scoring.
Zetterberg and Datsyk led the Wings in scoring.
Getzlaf and Perry led the Ducks in scoring.
Eric Staal and Cory Stillman led the Hurricanes in scoring.
Literally every team that has won the Cup between the last two lockouts, their top two scorers (and more than often top-3) have been home-grown, the only exception being Stillman, and that Canes team was a weird team.
We have Marleau/Couture/Pavelski/Clowe as our top home-grown Sharks forwards. Are any of them in the league of any of those duos, with exception to the Bruins who one because of Thomas, and of course Stillman? The answer is no, and another trend? They're all young, with the exception of Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Marleau isn't Datsyuk or '08 Zetterberg, and Couture isn't Malkin/Crosby/Kopitar/Getzlaf/Staal/Toews/even Bergeron.
Suffice to say, this group isn't working.
And how do you get these young elite home-grown forwards? Draft them. With exception to the Detroit (special exception) and Boston (won because of Thomas) examples and this ****ing Stillman character, all of those forwards were drafted in the first round. Toews, Kane, Malkin, Crosby, Kopitar, Brown, Getzlaf, Perry, Staal.
Moreover, all those forwards were either great scouting, or top-3 picks. Since we aren't a great first-round scouting organization, there's one solution remaining. As long as those forwards don't have to go through Sommer, we're good.
We need to do that, since our current group isn't doing it.
Yes, but a further examination breaks this idea down. Pronger and Niedermayer were incredibly valuable to the Ducks in their cup run, as were Thomas and Chara for Boston.
If anything, the key benefit of homegrown talent is that it is cheaper.
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