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02-21-2013, 07:35 PM
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Is it better to have balanced team and not top heavy talent?

Hello guys, it seems that habs are performing at a better rate with everybody chipping in rather then few guys carrying the load.

In terms of coaching strategy it is very hard to prepare for balanced team as team can find scoring from different line combination which makes it tough for opponents to focus on particular line.

Lot of people hate that we don't have a heavy talent team but I am loving this; it makes for an exciting game every game, as the effort and goals are very evenly spread out in the team.

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A lot of people are infatuated with the flashy players and think you can't win without them but hockey is a team sport and superstars are not necessary for success.

I am loving this too, not only because the team is balanced and has a lot of good players but because there are a lot of character guys. Prust left NYR and Nash came. They miss Prust. People overestimate flashy players and underestimate the importance of guys like Prust.

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It's better to have a good game plan with the personnel you have at your disposal period.

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Right now we're well balanced, but once guys like Galchenyuk, Collberg and Gallagher reach their primes, we could have a relatively top heavy team with good depth.

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A lot of people are infatuated with the flashy players and think you can't win without them but hockey is a team sport and superstars are not necessary for success.

I am loving this too, not only because the team is balanced and has a lot of good players but because there are a lot of character guys. Prust left NYR and Nash came. They miss Prust. People overestimate flashy players and underestimate the importance of guys like Prust.
Try finding a cup winning team without a superstar on it. There are very few. Most have multiple superstars.

It's not question of either or... you need both.

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A lot of people are infatuated with the flashy players and think you can't win without them but hockey is a team sport and superstars are not necessary for success.

I am loving this too, not only because the team is balanced and has a lot of good players but because there are a lot of character guys. Prust left NYR and Nash came. They miss Prust. People overestimate flashy players and underestimate the importance of guys like Prust.
i dont remember the last team to won the cup without superstars. i think the last one might be the 93 habs

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i dont remember the last team to won the cup without superstars. i think the last one might be the 93 habs
The hurricanes in 2006?

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i dont remember the last team to won the cup without superstars. i think the last one might be the 93 habs
Patrick Roy isn't a superstar?

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The hurricanes in 2006?
They and the Lightning come the closest.

Staal though was a top ten scorer that year. Not really a superstar.

Tampa had Lecavalier, Richards and St. Louis. Only St. Louis might qualify.

Other than those two possible teams every other club has at least one. Most have more than one.

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Top heavy for me.

Average players can be had via trades or UFA. Stars not so much.

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They and the Lightning come the closest.

Staal though was a top ten scorer that year. Not really a superstar.

Tampa had Lecavalier, Richards and St. Louis. Only St. Louis might qualify.

Other than those two possible teams every other club has at least one. Most have more than one.
Yes, it depends on who qualify as star player for the person making the observation. Both Damphousse & Muller had close to 100 points when the habs won in 93 also.

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Yes, it depends on who qualify as star player for the person making the observation. Both Damphousse & Muller had close to 100 points when the habs won in 93 also.
93 had one superstar: Roy.

70s Habs: Lafleur,Robinson,Dryden etc
Islanders: Bossy,Potvin,Trottier
Oilers: Gretz,Mess,Coffey etc
Flames: McIniss,Gilmour
Pens:Lemieux,Jagr
Rangers:Leetch,Mess
Avs:Forsberg,Sakic,Roy
Devs:Niedermayer,Brodeur
Wings: Yzerman,Lidstrom,Fedorov etc
Stars: Modano,Belfour
Pens:Crosby,Malkin
Wings: Datsyuk,Lidstrom
Bruins:Chara,Thomas
Ducks:Selanne,Niedermayer,Pronger
Kings: Doughty,Quick
Hawks:Toews,Kane,Hossa,Kieth

Superstars are important.


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93 had one superstar: Roy.
Yes well, I think the habs were stacked:



That was a pretty good team

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Yes well, I think the habs were stacked:



That was a pretty good team
Sure. But it's not a cup calibre team without Roy.

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Sure. But it's not a cup calibre team without Roy.
Not sure about that, I was too young and a fan of the Pens

Would the Hurricanes have won the cup in 2006 without Staal? Hard question to answer.

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Not sure about that, I was too young and a fan of the Pens
Trust me, they don't make it past round one vs. Quebec without Roy.
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Would the Hurricanes have won the cup in 2006 without Staal? Hard question to answer.
No way they win the cup without him.

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Last team to win cup without superstar..... Kings all you need is a hot goalie quick is awesome but I don't know about a superstar kopitar is good aswell but not a super star. Doughty.......no.

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Last team to win cup without superstar..... Kings all you need is a hot goalie quick is awesome but I don't know about a superstar kopitar is good aswell but not a super star. Doughty.......no.
Kopitar >>> Desharnais
Brown > Pacioretty
Quick >= Price
Doughty >> Markov
Scuderi ~ Gorges
Richards > Plekanec
Carter > Cole
Vonyov << subban

LA Kings are a bad comparison imo. They were more top heavy.

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Last team to win cup without superstar..... Kings all you need is a hot goalie quick is awesome but I don't know about a superstar kopitar is good aswell but not a super star. Doughty.......no.
Even if you don't accept Kopitar or Doughty (and I think Doughty qualifies) how can you say Quick wasn't a superstar? .929 save percentage and a GAA under 2? That's crazy.

The Kings and Hawks were a lot like the Flames... if you want to be picky you could say no superstars (though I'd disagree) but at the very least all three of these teams were packed with stars... Toews,Kane,Keith,Hossa... maybe not superstars but all very close. Flames had Niewendyke, Suter, Gilmour, McInnis,Fleury,Roberts... stupidly good. Kings had Quick,Kopitar,Doughty...

I'd say all those teams had at least one superstar but they all definitely had at least three or more players who were stars or borderline superstars.

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Kopitar >>> Desharnais
Brown > Pacioretty
Quick >= Price
Doughty >> Markov
Scuderi ~ Gorges
Richards > Plekanec
Carter > Cole
Vonyov << subban

LA Kings are a bad comparison imo. They were more top heavy.
You think brown is better then patches?granted he was great in the playoffs but I would take patches over brown any day

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Kopitar >>> Desharnais
Brown > Pacioretty
Quick >= Price
Doughty >> Markov
Scuderi ~ Gorges
Richards > Plekanec
Carter > Cole
Vonyov << subban

LA Kings are a bad comparison imo. They were more top heavy.
I would also call Richards plekanec a =

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Kopitar >>> Desharnais
Brown > Pacioretty
Quick >= Price
Doughty >> Markov
Scuderi ~ Gorges
Richards > Plekanec
Carter > Cole
Vonyov << subban

LA Kings are a bad comparison imo. They were more top heavy.
Way I'd look at it is how good we'll be in the future (say two or three years)

Kopitar vs Galchenyuk - (we can only hope)
Carter vs Pac (I think Pac will be better)
Quick vs Price (Price would have to be perfect to equal him)
Doughty vs Subban (Subban can be as good)
Scuderi vs Gorges (great comparison)
Richards > Plecs
Brown vs Prust (better comparison)
Justin Williams vs Gallagher


Interesting comparison. We've got some good blueline prospects coming up but I'm still worried about the forwards.

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A balanced team is a team with talented players and hard working grinders.

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You need the individuals to step up and solve the really tough problems. Like in the 2010 playoffs when we ran into Philly. They cracked our system wide open, and we had no one to stand up and change the flow of the games. We were eliminated in 5 as a result.

Essentially, philly put obstacles in front of our team that no one could solve, and all the scoring by committee, and team play wasn't going to change that. All the team-work was leading them to the same, wrong answer.

That's why it's so important for us to have a player like Galchenyuk. When good plays simply won't do, you need a player who can make brilliant plays.

However, you do need the support for such players. You need to have an entire team playing their part and buying into one coherent strategy. Superstars can be shut-down too. To me, neither are sufficient conditions for a cup winner. Both are necessary conditions, however.

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You need the individuals to step up and solve the really tough problems. Like in the 2010 playoffs when we ran into Philly. They cracked our system wide open, and we had no one to stand up and change the flow of the games. We were eliminated in 5 as a result.

Essentially, philly put obstacles in front of our team that no one could solve, and all the scoring by committee, and team play wasn't going to change that. All the team-work was leading them to the same, wrong answer.

That's why it's so important for us to have a player like Galchenyuk. When good plays simply won't do, you need a player who can make brilliant plays.

However, you do need the support for such players. You need to have an entire team playing their part and buying into one coherent strategy. Superstars can be shut-down too. To me, neither are sufficient conditions for a cup winner. Both are necessary conditions, however.
that's pretty much it.

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