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05-30-2012, 01:29 PM
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Correlation between size and playoff performance

Don't usually enjoy articles on Grantland, but I found this one to be pretty interesting. It looks at the average weight of teams In relation to playoff success and shows that ultimately there is no advantage to being a bigger team.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...s-slow-big-ice

There was one paragraph though that particularly caught my attention.

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Consider this to start: Of the 20 largest playoff teams in our study, 14 lost in the first round of the playoffs. The 2002-03 Ottawa Senators were the lone representative among those 20 teams to make it as far as the Conference finals, where they lost to the Devils in seven games. That group includes multiple editions of both the Senators (2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08) and Sharks (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12), two teams renowned for their superb performance in the regular season and startlingly poor showings in the postseason.
Notice the 09-10 and 10-11 sharks are both missing from this.

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That's really interesting!

Goes to show Clowe, Handzus and Murray are expendable

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I knew size matters :-)

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Korky!
Easily one of the most skilled players to ever wear a Sharks jersey. Sucks he didn't come back after the lockout, dude would have been a monster without the clutching and grabbing.

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So a team with Gionta's and St.Louis' would be unstoppable?

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It is, was, and has been all about speed, speed, puck possession, and more speed. The Sharks had the model and the formula in 03/04. Doug Wilson thought we were "too small" and that's why we lost to Calgary. I believe he said we got "beat up" so he abandoned that model and decided we needed to get bigger. We kept abandoning speed for size. 09/10 and 10/11 started to get back to speed but then DW went back to his stupid "bigger is better" mantra...

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So a team with Gionta's and St.Louis' would be unstoppable?
No, they would lose to team Gerbe.

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Easily one of the most skilled players to ever wear a Sharks jersey. Sucks he didn't come back after the lockout, dude would have been a monster without the clutching and grabbing.
Wouldn't it be nice if the Sharks had a guy that could do this?



or this (in better definition)


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No, they would lose to team Gerbe.

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Easily one of the most skilled players to ever wear a Sharks jersey. Sucks he didn't come back after the lockout, dude would have been a monster without the clutching and grabbing.
Him and that stick of his. Sawing off the tip of his stick blade.

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Hard to say how much this means if 8/20 of those teams were the Sharks and Senators.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=meFICJYORvA

from related videos on STBC's post. It is only amusing because Vesa isn't wearing a Shark's sweater...

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korky!
yes!


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Wouldn't it be nice if the Sharks had a guy that could do this?



or this (in better definition)


Alex Semin says hello

Pity DW would never even make a play for him (and would take a big pitch to get him here...)

Add him, Radulov and Stuart, dump thorton and boyle to clear cap space and I guarantee that team doesn't lose in the first round...

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