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09-17-2011, 01:23 AM
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Key Players to Win Stanley Cup(s)?

As i look back at certain teams that have had great success with winning the Stanley Cup or multiple cups. I couldn't help but notice the certain types of players that make up of each roster, but then again I'm sure teams have won the Cup with 1, 2, or as few as 3 of these positions. Such positions like power forward, defensive forward, Clutch player, enforcer, ect. I am wondering, besides a solid defense and goaltending, are there key positions/players, such as these that a team must have to win a Cup, or multiple cups? The only teams i had a hard time finding most of these types of players were the Devils and Canadiens and I did notice that many of these teams had strong Two-way/Defensive forwards.

New York Islanders
Power Forward: Clark Gillies
Defensive Forward: Bryan Trottier
Cluth Player: Mike Bossy
Play Maker: Bryan Trottier
Enforcers: Clark Gillies

Edmonton Oilers
Power Forward: Mark Messier
Defensive Forward: Esa Tikkanen, Jurri Kurri
Clutch Player: Glenn Anderson
Play Maker: Wayne Gretzky
Enforcers: Dave Semenko, Marty McSorely

Pittsburgh Penguins
Power Forward: Kevin Stevens
Defensive Forward: Ron Francis
Clutch Player: Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens
Play Maker: Mario Lemieux
Enforcers: Ulf Samuelsson

Detroit Red Wings
Power Forward: Brendan Shanahan
Defensive Forward: Sergei Fedorov,Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper
Clutch Player: Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov
Play Maker: Steve Yzerman
Enforcers: Darren McCarty

Colorado Avalanche
Power Forward: Peter Forsberg?
Defensive Forward: Mike Ricci, Troy Murray, Joe Sakic
Clutch Player: Joe Sakic
Play Maker: Peter Forsberg
Enforcers: Chris Simon, Scott Parker, Warren Rychel

Detroit Red Wings:
Power Forward: Johan Franzen
Defensive Forward: Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper
Clutch Player: Johan Franzen
Play Maker: Henrik Zetterberg
Enforcer: ?

Pittsburgh Penguins
Power Forward: Evgeni Malkin?
Defensive Forward: Jordan Stall
Clutch Player: Evgeni Malkin
Play Maker: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Enforcer: Gogard?

Chicago Black Hawks
Power Forward: ?
Defensive Forward: Jonathan Toews, John Madden
Clutch Player: Dustin Byfuglien
Play Maker: Jonathan Toews
Enforcer: Ben Eager

Boston Bruins
Power Forward: Milan Lucic, Tim Horton
Defensive Forward: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Clutch Player: David Krejci
Play Maker: Patrice Bergeron
Enforcer: Shawn Thornton


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09-17-2011, 03:14 AM
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In recent years it seems like you need a premier first line center and more means better.
I cant remember the team without this "type" of a player:
Toews, Crosby/Malkin, Datsyuk/Zetterberg, Staal/Brind'amour, Lecavalier/Richards..
And even finalists are strong in the middle: Richards/Briere, Sedin/Kesler etc...

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