Everyone seems to think Tavares is a lock. I don't think so.
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03-17-2013, 01:20 AM
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Picking a team to win an intense 60-minute hockey game is different than picking an All-Star team.
You have got to pick your team based on various roles, possible situations, etc. This means picking players capable of scoring, playing defense, being productive on the PP, preventing goals on the PK, winning key faceoffs, and winning battles along the boards and in the corners.
You need to pick the right mix of players, and have a defined role for everyone on the team.
Staal - Crosby - Giroux
Stamkos - Getzlaf - Perry
Richards - Toews - Nash
Staal - Bergeron - Marchand
I don't think Tavares beats out either Crosby or Getzlaf for a scoring line centre spot.
He also isn't suited for a scoring line wing spot when compared to the players I listed. His game doesn't translate to the wing as well as these players.
Do you trust him, 5-on-5, to play solid defense? Do you trust him every 3rd shift to help preserve a lead? I don't trust him nearly as much as I trust the players I listed on lines 3/4.
I also don't trust him on the PK to kill a crucial SH-situation, nor is he suited to win key faceoffs.
People will say "he has X amount of offensive skill". Yes, he does. But the above roster is loaded with offensive talent. If those two scoring lines (not to mention the complementary scoring support you would receive from the last two lines) wouldn't prove to be enough, then I can't see how adding 1 more scorer would make a magical difference.
When building a hockey team, once you get past the top 2 lines (core scoring-line players), then you should start trying to build a team where players have defined roles.
That said, maybe I pick Tavares as a 13th/14th forward, as a PP specialist. I wouldn't be giving him much ice-time 5-on-5 though.
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