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07-18-2013, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by t3hg00se View Post
No top end talent?

What do you consider top end talent if not Bergeron?
Look at scoring in the NHL, start from the top and go down the list. That will atleast give you a decent picture.

You guys think these guys are megastars just because the played in the finals. Will be interesting watching that monster Horton next season in Columbus...

They are a great team. They are not (i) a great team with (ii) great talent in their top 6.

To match Boston, you just do not need both (i) and (ii) above: (i) is enough.

It's a relevant issue. From several perspectives.

Take those guys in Boston's top 6 and spread them out over the not so ideal fits of the 30 teams in this league, and you would hold them much lower.

You only need to study the SCF teams for a few years to figure it out (31 should really pay some attention too). Look at Penner. Look at Malone. There are so many guys like that.

Michael Ryder was one of Boston's best forwards when they won. It was Ryder this and Ryder that. Who is now looking at a top 6 and goes "man they have Ryder on their top 6 they are awesome!!!!"? Bergeron is a 2-way player who doesn't sell himself short on the ice. There is a bunch of players like him in the game, that don't happen to play for such a strong team as Boston and hence doesn't play in the finals.

Toronto should have beaten Boston this year, they had the slight edge overall in that series. But it does take a lot to beat them. They are really durable and clutchy. But it definitely is no impossible feat to beat Boston.

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