70seven Posted May 31, 2015 Share Posted May 31, 2015 Over the years, it seems as though there's always a recipe for how to construct a Stanley Cup Champion. That recipe varies depending on the current style in the evolution of the game, and through whoms eys are watching. What ingredients are a must have? Here"s my recipe: Start with the foundation. -A consistent goaltender who's good enough to steal a game here and there, but very rarely will lose you the game himself. You dont NEED Pekka Rinne or Carey Price. -A work horse franchise Dman. It seems as though every team to win the ultimate prize doesnt believe in playing a 3rd pair. Its ALL about the top 3 and more importantly the #1. You dont NEED to have youth in this department. You need your 2 all situation minute eating studs, who can be backed up by just above average seasoned vets. This ingredient is the most common among all successful champions. -Clutch 2 way forwards down the middle. I dont think you NEED a generational talent in this role at all. You need a player that shows up when their backs are against the wall and arent prone to making mistakes when the pressure is on. -Scoring wingers that consistently show compete. I dont believe the size and physicality hype train. Just observing the likes of Palat - Johnson - Kucherov.... Its ALL about their compete level, regardless of height and weight. -Sprinkle in a bottom 6 that can play mostly mistake free and chip in a key goal here and there. Depth is good, but rolling 4 lines is not necessary. Its important for them to be a contributing part of the club, but a champions success does defiantly NOT depend on it. When looking at the Blackhawks, they clearly have most of the ingredients listed. Id say that their goaltending is the weakest component, but they can check off everything else on the list. Moving forward in Vancouver, Im actually fairly optimistic that many of the forementioned attributes are there, except for the most common ingredient in just about every champion... A franchise #1 Dman. I've gone back and fourth on the concept of trading away Hamhuis and Edler, but the more I think about it... Isnt it time we went all in for some elite potential? Stop with the signing of these 2nd pairing dmen, and find yourself a legit top pair. Most likely to happen through the draft, but occasionally found via UFA if you have the cap space. I realize that a move like that would severely cripple the teams competitiveness. But when looking at the competition and the fact that we lost to the Calgary Flames.... Is it not the perfect time to build something that you can see competing? We have a good group started. The battle of Horvat, Cassels, McCann down the middle, with skilled wingers that can skate in Shink, Baertschi.... some large gritty bodies in Kassian, Virtanen, Gaunce, and Grenier... THis forward group could use 1 more winger with skill and battle. I dont care how big or tough. he just has to compete. For me, Konecny could be that player. I believe that Lack and Markstrom are both good enough. Not to mention Demko coming down the pipes. The future D core actually has the 3-8 spots taken care of for the most part. A good mix of physical shutdown and a few pure offensive roles, but nothing close to a consistent 30 minute horse. That horse doesnt necessarily have to play an offensive role. He just has to be THE MAN every time he's on the ice. IMO its time to go hard after that dman. Even if you have to sacrifice a season or two. Its the most important part on just about every champion you see, and until that happens, this franchise will continue to fall short. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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