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01-17-2013, 06:11 PM
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Now who has the best BIG 4?

If you look around the league, its surprising how many teams have 4 big star forwards. Having two star pairings on the top two lines has always been a popular formula that GMs have gone with going all the way back to the Avs days with Sakic, Forsberg, Hejduk, Drury or wings with Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanny, Hull.

These teams that can roll out two star players on their 2nd line have a huge advantage due to them not having to face top defensive pairings or checking lines so teams with considerably weak 2nd pairings will get exposed.

Listed from the teams best player.

Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharp. Is it still the Hawks? All 4 are game breakers.
Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Stefan
Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown
E. Staal, J. Staal, Semin, Skinner
D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows
Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz
Erikkson, Benn, Whitney, Jagr
Eberle, Hall, RNH, Yakupov
Bergeron, Seguin, Lucic, Krejci
Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Ryan - this is still top 5 in the league, when all 4 are on their game they are unstoppable.
Stamkos, MSL, LeCavalier, Purcell
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Ribero, Johansson


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01-17-2013, 06:15 PM
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If you look around the league, its surprising how many teams have 4 big star forwards.

Listed from the teams best player.

Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharp. Is it still the Hawks? All 4 are game breakers.
Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Stefan
Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown
E. Staal, J. Staal, Semin, Skinner
D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows
Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz
Erikkson, Benn, Whitney, Jagr
Eberle, Hall, RNH, Yakupov
Bergeron, Seguin, Lucic, Krejci
Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Ryan
Stamkos, MSL, LeCavalier, Purcell
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Ribero, Johansson
If you're going to include those underlined, then I'm not sure how Detroit was not included:

Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Flippula

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01-17-2013, 06:17 PM
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You'd think a "hockey god" would know this. No?

I'd pick Pens or Rangers.

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I'll take Pen's top 3.

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If you look around the league, its surprising how many teams have 4 big star forwards. Having two star pairings on the top two lines has always been a popular formula that GMs have gone with going all the way back to the Avs days with Sakic, Forsberg, Hejduk, Drury.

Listed from the teams best player.

Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharp. Is it still the Hawks? All 4 are game breakers.
Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Stefan
Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown
E. Staal, J. Staal, Semin, Skinner
D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows
Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz
Erikkson, Benn, Whitney, Jagr
Eberle, Hall, RNH, Yakupov
Bergeron, Seguin, Lucic, Krejci
Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Ryan - this is still top 5 in the league, when all 4 are on their game they are unstoppable.
Stamkos, MSL, LeCavalier, Purcell
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Ribero, Johansson
Needs more Sharks.

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In before the blues fans arrive and run rampant. I'd say the pens.

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Uhm....shouldn't the Flyers be on this list also?

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In before the blues fans arrive and run rampant. I'd say the pens.
LOL. "Oshie, McDonald, Backes, and Perron are the best AINEC!"

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Not enough Fisher / Erat / Kostitsyn / Hornqvist.

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01-17-2013, 06:23 PM
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Probably Pittsburgh, Chicago is still up there for sure though (not trying to be a homer).

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Based off of last year I'd say Kings, Hawks, or Pens. If all the players play to potential Ducks, Oilers, and Canes should be great too. Really all these foursomes are pretty amazing though. I love the Bruins four and they might be the less talented quartet out of the list.

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Some of those 4th guys aren't stars

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If you're going to include those underlined, then I'm not sure how Detroit was not included:

Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Flippula
I agree and would underline Burrows as well. He does really well with the Sedins just like Kunitz complements Crosby nicely, but calling them star forwards is stretching the truth.

Plus, what`s my main object in voting. Who has the best individual #4 forward (in that case it`s Chicago easy, depending only on how Hossa comes back) or on whose the best 4 forwards (even if one of them isn`t really a star)? The latter is probably Rangers or Pens. Malkin/Crosby does make up for any and all shortcomings Kunitz has vis a vis Sharp.

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You could easily switch this "Stefan" fellow with Callahan.

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Carolina or Pittsburgh for me right now.

Homer pick for Edmonton.

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Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz
Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown
Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharp.
Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Ryan
D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows
E. Staal, J. Staal, Semin, Skinner
Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Stefan
Erikkson, Benn, Whitney, Jagr
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Ribero, Johansson
Eberle, Hall, RNH, Yakupov
Stamkos, MSL, LeCavalier, Purcell
Bergeron, Seguin, Lucic, Krejci
I ranked them roughly in (my opinion) the right order, give or take. Some of them are pretty close.

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Bad thread, and way too difficult to choose.

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What about the Flyers and Sharks?

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You could easily switch this "Stefan" fellow with Callahan.
Agreed. Stepan really hasn't proven anything to this point. Callahan on the other hand came one goal short of a 30 goal season while being the Rangers everything.

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If you look around the league, its surprising how many teams have 4 big star forwards. Having two star pairings on the top two lines has always been a popular formula that GMs have gone with going all the way back to the Avs days with Sakic, Forsberg, Hejduk, Drury.

Listed from the teams best player.

Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharp. Is it still the Hawks? All 4 are game breakers.
Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Stefan
Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown
E. Staal, J. Staal, Semin, Skinner
D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows
Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz
Erikkson, Benn, Whitney, Jagr
Eberle, Hall, RNH, Yakupov
Bergeron, Seguin, Lucic, Krejci
Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne, Ryan - this is still top 5 in the league, when all 4 are on their game they are unstoppable.
Stamkos, MSL, LeCavalier, Purcell
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Ribero, Johansson
Switch Kunitz for Letang, maybe?
He had 42 pts in 51 games last season before he got injured I believe

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Switch Kunitz for Letang, maybe?
He had 42 pts in 51 games last season before he got injured I believe
yeah good idea,Letang's a pretty good forward

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Some of those 4th guys aren't stars
I'm a Caps fan and I wouldn't put Johannson.

Caps don't have a big three, much less a big four.

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yeah good idea,Letang's a pretty good forward
Psh. He's not as good as Karlsson.

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Oshie, McDonald, Backes, and Perron.

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