Simple question: Which teams had the strongest rosters on paper? Obviously many of these teams didn't succeed like many predicted, but nonetheless I think it's fun to marvel at how much talent some teams had on their roster at the same time.
P.S. I am sure that this thread has been done before, but I searched and couldn't find anything recent.
Edit: I mean full rosters, not just single lines. My inspiration was a Peter Forsberg highlight video in which I noticed so many star players on the Avalanche at or around the same time...Sakic, Forsberg, Blake, Bourque, Kariya, Selanne, Tanguay, Hejduk, Deadmarsh, Kamensky, Drury...
Not sure if this is what you mean, but if you look at the 2002 Red Wings roster as if they were all in their primes it looks unbelievable, and even if you don't it was still the best in the league at the time.
EDIT: Here are some of the more notable players...
Moore - Richard - Richard
Olmstead - Beliveau - Geoffrion
Pronovost - Marshall - Provost
Bonin - Goyette - Mosdell
Harvey - Talbot
Johnson - St-Laurent
Lose on Backstrom, Ab McDonaled compared to 59, but gain Ken Mosdell and Bert Olmstead. I can't think of any 4 line combo, at any time, that had one (or more) 1st AST, both at F and at D (Turner wasn't playing on a "line" per se...)
In names, they were less stacked than the 2001-02 Wings. But in player ability they were better. They had three of the six best defensemen in the league based on Norris voting, plus a top-two goalie, two elite two-way centers, 3-4-5 forwards (Primeau-Kozlov-Larionov) that compared well to most teams' 1-2-3. Add in crazy forward depth (Draper, Ciccarelli, Johnson, Errey, McCarty, Brown, Taylor, Lapointe, Maltby, Grimson) plus top-four caliber defensemen playing in the bottom half (Fetisov, Bergevin, Ramsey, Rouse), and finally a backup goaltender who was a top-15 goalie in the league.
St. Louis had a top line of Shanahan-Oates-Hull with Cujo in nets in 91-92 before Oates got traded to Boston, point-per-game D-man Jeff Brown was also in the mix for scoring from the blueline. Its also a shame they lost Scott Stevens to Jersey as compensation for signing Shanny, becuase with him added to the mix that's a world-beating starting line-up. GM Ron Caron also foolishly traded away Rod Brind'amour, Geoff Courtnall and Cliff Ronning the previous season, which would have been a dynamite second line. Oh the team that could have been...
Last edited by ForsbergForever: 11-28-2012 at 10:54 PM.