Elite: Sedin, Sedin
Second Tier: Kesler, Burrows, Booth
Third tier: Higgins, Hansen
Fourth or worse, Everyone else
We have 5 guys that should legimately play in the top 6 on an elite team. Unforunately we have some problems there too. First off when one of your guys is elite and only gets 14 goals that's problematic when games get tight. Also if you look at the second tier guys they all have their idosyncrisies. Booth struggled coming injury and was injured again, Kesler's been injured for over a year now, who knows how many goals Burrows would score if he didn't play a game with the Sedins. Our top 6 looks like swiss cheese, so easy to break down in playoff hockey when the seems close up and there are no holes for the Sedins to exploit.
Similar to Basketball when you only have 5 guys that play at a time who cares who is on the bench. Pippen / Jordan will win you the cup every second year you play in Basketball. Of course in hockey they play harder, take more subs, have more subs, and depth is supremely more important, but you see where I'm going. The answer is somewhere in the middle. Sometimes when games are tight you just need that one extra player that can elevate just a bit to put the puck in the net or at the very least pose a threat to the other team.
Edited by Dogbyte, 12 July 2012 - 05:46 PM.