Playoff All-Star Teams
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06-28-2013, 04:14 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: West Kelowna, Canada
For the record, I think Zetterberg is the best playoff performer since probably Forsberg, although Sid is better points-wise and maybe he's number 1. Anyways, those 3 stand out to me in the last 15 years. I think when we go the sample size route, you sort of have to judge a guy by 82 games or more. We get really over-excited about 7 games here or there, and team success (in a game that is largely determined by inches, bounces, and refs) plays way too big a role in these emotional ratings. I remember Kesler went from dog, to God, back to dog in Vancouver's last good run.
So, to me, Zetterberg is a playoff great, and he was just as good as always, in my eyes, this year.
That said, Conn Smythe's and hypothetical Playoff AS Teams are based totally off team success, and what have you done lately. Right or wrong, it is insanity (and Eva's homerism) to include Zetts in these talks, just based on his team's success, and that he isn't at the top of the scoring list.
Toews doesn't belong on this list, either. Mostly because he was not very good. At his best this playoffs he was a functioning number 1 center on a deep, balanced, winning team. AT his worst he was getting a hug and a handjob from Seabrook in the penalty box while Detroit nearly pulled off a massive upset, largely due to his Toews' inability to even hang with #40.
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