With the talk of Benning as our new GM and some rumbles that the ownership would like to see this team built like the Bruins, I've been wondering if we are focusing too much on a particular style of hockey. This started with our loss to the Bruins followed by the loss to LA and now we can't seem to hold our own against the larger California teams.
Before that, Chicago was our biggest hurdle. We learned form their style of play which resulted in the amazing hockey and an unbelievable season. We all know how that ended, and we lost our best puck-moving offensive D-man in the offseason.
Blackhawks are the reigning SC champs, but everyone seems to have a hard-on for the Bruins. Chicago beat that team last year, and a similarly built LA team in the WC finals. The teams share similarities like great two way players but focus of this thread is the differences between the teams.
How would you like the Canucks to be built? Here are the options:
Chicago style: Speed from the D-men (Keith, Leddy, and...almost everyone else) who can get the puck out of the zone quickly. The other team can't get a forecheck on them.
Bruins Style: Size on both ends of ice. Wear the other teams down in a long series.
CDC Style: I didn't bother reading your entire post, but I'm going to flame you for some error I found or by taking your words out of context.....
Let me know what you guys think.
1. There is an assumption here that that there will be a rebuild. I think the majority of our current roster is past it's prime.
2. Guys like Toews can be found (Stevie Y, Sakic...I could go on; Toews is not a generational player). Interesting Note: the top overall pick that year was a large D-man that was suppose to be the Blues' future frachise D-man. Clearly it didn't pan out. D-men are too risky to take as top picks, IMO. Some of the greatest D-men in the league today were taken in the second round.
3. It's not so much about copying their styles, but looking at what the focus of this team should be. This distinction precedes the teams I'm talking about. Focus on size on the top lines, or focus on speed/skill from top lines and d-pairings and have role players in bottom lines.