I think the op has a point, that's that youth is not given the chance that it should on this team. You can't chop it up to we are too good a team, you can't stay a good team unless you play your young players (Detroit).
What young players did Detroit brought into the fold during their prime years that were playing on the 3rd line or above (or above 3rd pairing)? Detroit won mostly with veteran players. And on top of that Detroit has some voodoo $hit going on with their drafting. No one drafts that well without some dark magic.
Do you want to be the Oilers? Suffer through 10 years of failure to rack up draft picks, that are still no where near ready to challenge for a cup. On top of that they will be unable to keep that core together long. So they will have a short window to get it done with the young core they have before the pieces are too expensive to keep.
Chicago managed to turn that 10 years of draft picks and misery into a Cup. But there is no guarantee.
Now they are competitve, but by no means are they considered amongst the top contenders now that the core they had has been broken up.
The fact is there is no guarantee that anyone will win a Cup. But I would rather be compeptitve year in and year out than suffer through what some fans have had to.
The Canucks have had 2 picks (Hodgson, Bourdon) at the number 10 pick (nothing under that) in the last decade. Bourdon was showing incredible promise and would have been a a sure bet to have a spot on the team before his accident.
And you dont think we give young players a chance? This teams core is made up of all players the Canucks drafted or scouted.
Here is a list with ages of players when they played their first neaningful stretch with the Canucks:
Burrows: 24 (undrafted)
Kassian: 21 (looks like he will be a staple this season)
Shroeder: 22 (will continue with the Canucks if he can maintain his play and continue to progress)
Edited by 5minutesinthebox, 25 January 2013 - 09:55 AM.