Problem with that is I need to win the face-off, and both Gretzky and Lemieux were poor face-off men. I could also use some more grit, to dig out any pucks that may end up on the corners
I'm not positive about the face-off abilities of some of the older players, but I believe that Beliveau was outstanding on draws, if that's not correct, I'm sure I'll be told about it and alter my selection.
Beliveau becomes choice number 5, giving me my face-off guy and more size down low.
The final decisions comes down to another forward, or another defenseman. The choice narrows down to Richard, Esposito and Coffey. In the end I'll stick with the defenseman and choose Coffey:
Gretzky, Lemieux, Beliveau, Bossy, Coffey and Orr.
My givens: Clarke, Gainey, and Orr.
Gainey is the best defensive winger of all-time. Clarke perhaps the best defensive center, and a dominant face-off man. Orr dominant at both ends of the ice.
Up by a goal I want 2 great faceoff men. I want guys who can understand and follow assignments, so from players I've seen.
Clarke, Gainey, then Carbo,Trottier, someone like that. All would block shots, hustle to th epoint,whatever it took and wouldn't lose their man.
On D, I'd sleep easy with Robinson and Svard there. They just knew how to win. Orr would be fine,Langway wouldn't let anyone near the net, Stevens too, but I'll let my CH sunglasses guide me. They executed under those conditions together so often,I'd rest easy.
To get a goal, well you still want a great faceoff man, I'd trust Beliveau. I'd have Lemieux on the lw, Lafleur on the rightside. Bourque and Orr would be of at the blueline. The 6th man, well Hull, [any of 'em,] Howe, Esposito,Bossy, Gretzky any of them. My only reason for not taking #99 is Beliveau was better on thedraw,I believe. Still, Gretzky could replace Lafleur and come off the boards, I don't see how I could go wrong.
I'll just do #1 right now:
Mario Lemieux-Don't really have to explain much. He'll probably take the draw for me, and try to dominate allong the boards with his strength. He can move to the side boards at times too.
Wayne Gretzky-Again, no real explanation needed. Probably get him to set-up at the half boards, and rotate to behind the net.
Maurice Richard-Create traffic infront of the net, plus probably the best clutch goal scorer ever.
Bobby Orr-Another no brainer. I'll probably use Bobby to move all around the zone, and cause havoc. Maybe set up a play where he goes right across the crease...Wayne should be able to set him up.
Now my point men are:
Bobby Hull-Just have him tee it up from the point...or pass it off and move into the high slot, to look for the one timer coming from Gretzky or Orr.
Al MacInnis-Now he stays at the point. Try to get movement and have him move into the centre of the ice. I just hope he doesn't hit poor Maurice in front of the net.
For scenario 1 I'd absolutley want Adam Oates taking the draw. Lemieux at LW, Brett Hull at RW, Gretzky as the centre, Orr on the point and Esposito in front of the net.
Scenario 2 I'd want Roy in goal. Carbonneau taking the face-off. Gainey on one wing, Langway and Bourque on defence, and possibly Bondra on the other wing, because he's decent in his own zone, but he has the speed to take the puck up ice, and he's a decent bet one-on-one.
I think it'd be foolish to pack the ice with purely defensive players for scenario. The best way to avoid conceding a goal is to keep the puck in your possesion, in the other team's zone.