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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.
Obviously it's not an end-all be-all (sorry if it came off that way), but it's a big piece. Like Easy's said too, Norris defensemen and Veznia goalkeeping are two more keys.

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Also, I would argue that Marleau and Couture match up favorably with some of those pairs.
Out of curiosity, which?

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It is a tiny sample size. 7 playoffs.
If there were more than one player in that group that didn't fit the trend, you'd have a point. But lets go to contenders this year: Chicago (Kane and Toews), Pittsburgh (Malkin and Crosby), LA (Kopitar and Brown), Vancouver (the Sedins, and Kesler), St. Louis (Backes and Oshie, or Berglund and Perron, or Tarasenko, you get it),

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What point is that? The only point is that the whole team needs to perform. Your homegrown players leading in scoring means nothing if the rest of the team sucks. Kopitar and Brown were exactly 1 PPG last playoffs, the same as Thornton. We know full well we have other players capable of doing that, Marleau has put up .93 PPG before.

The only advantage homegrown players potentially confers is a salary advantage, which the Hawks certainly had but the Kings really did not. The further we get from the start of the salary cap era, the less salary advantage homegrown players will confer.
Over 20 games, have they? 5 points is five games is a hell of a lot different than 20 points in 20 games.

Kings got the salary help with Brown, who's on one of the best contracts in the league.

And actually, as the cap goes down again in the next couple of years, ELC's become of even greater importance. The Oilers are wasting the ELC years of their players, particularly Taylor Hall, and they're doing a piss poor job of developing RNH and Yakupov, combined with a really unfortunate injury to Shawn Horcoff, which forced them to throw RNH to the wolves.

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