Good point you bring up for sure, but I truly believe the NHL is changing now. It's not up to that veteran experience anymore. Look at the last few cup winners, all had a young player that changed series at some point:
Chicago: Toews, Kane
This year could have been Hodgson, but I am not going to go into that topic. Flyers have many prospects this year who have made an impact as well: Couturier, Read, Schenn. The Kings have some too: King, Voynov. We do need some young blood on this team, we are simply too old. Our youngest player who played in the game 5 vs Kings series was Alex Edler, and he's already 25. Our core is not getting any younger either. It's time for management to realize that our rookies need a chance at the big show, and to prove themselves, nothing better than a shot at the SCP.
You make a good point, but are sabotaging it with your examples. Those guys are top-4 draft picks, and with the exception of Seguin were already key contributors for their team for more than a season. For us to win, we need our older key guys to step up, because we're not getting one of those top picks anytime soon.
But where we could use an infusion of youth is with the depth guys. Hodgson could have been a good example - a young guy who can contribute, but is not one of your top guys you rely on - but let's not go there. Each of those cup winners had depth young players too:
Pittsburgh: Letang was a sophomore, as was Tyler Kennedy. Both had been involved in the previous run to the finals, which no doubt gave them valuable experience to play a bigger role for the next one.
Chicago: Brouwer was in his 2nd season, as was Versteeg. Hjalmarsson was all but technically a rookie. Again, all three got valuable experience being part of the conference finals team the year before.
Boston: Marchand was a beast for them, Adam McQuaid played solid on the bottom D pairing - both were raw rookies. Johnny Boychuk was in his 2nd season.
Edited by D-Money, 03 May 2012 - 10:50 AM.