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05-19-2013, 04:48 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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And yet Boston is one of the smaller teams in the NHL. Detroit, the most successful franchise over the last 2 decades, is also one the smaller teams in the NHL.
It's not just about the average height of a team.
Boston is effectively big because they have Chara, Lucic, McQuaid, Horton, Thornton. Three of those four players can hold an effective shift, which means they have size on the ice for most of the game. It is because of those guys that Marchand can play "tough".
If all of those players I just mentioned were 2 inches shorter and 10 lbs lighter, and then Seguin, Rask, Marchand, Bergeron, Krecji, were each 2 inches taller and 10 lbs heavier, the average size on the Bruins team would be the same, but the effective size of the team would be smaller.
That is the problem with the Habs. We have a lot of outliers at the short end (Bouillon, DD, Gallagher, Gionta), but an absence of outliers at the high end. Our enforcer is 5'11" Brandon Prust and he is missing both shoulders because of that role. We're not that far off from being a big team, I think that with a sequence of good moves we can be there by the 2014-2015 season.
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