Sutton can't play hockey for **** but I'm not an expert so who knows?
As for the smurf-ness, I respectfully disagree. The pisspoor hockey we played under that gremlin Jacques Martin was smurf hockey, with cowards like Spacek and Hamrlik front and centre, refusing to take the body or clear the crease... It got to the point that Price tried to fight that Blues player on his own.
Now we have Prust, Armstrong, Subban, Bourque, Pacioretty, Cole, Emelin, White and Moen who are all tough customers. I'm not worried at all, in fact we might be the bullies this time around.
1 inch under the average, less than 2 under the highest average in height. 6 lbs under average and 13 lbs under highest average in weight. Blues, who are poised to be cup contenders, are .5 inches higher on average. Ranks doesn't mean **** when the spread is so small. Replace Bouillon with Tinordi and we probably gain a few ranks on one player. Is Tinordi that much more physical than Bouillon? Maybe in the future but not yet.
Gio, Pleks, DD, and Bouillon (maybe add Gally to that stat) will bring down any average significantly.
Plekanec is 5'11", he's just below the team average so I don't see how that brings it down significantly. He's closer to 6'1" than he is to Gionta and Desharnais' 5'7". It's Gionta, DD, Gallagher and Boullion distorting the numbers, especially since we don't have any Gill types to balance it out. If the Habs and the Rags traded Desharnais for Boyle, suddenly both are closer to league average.