Popular Post danjr Posted October 30, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted October 30, 2019 Looking at the history of a few great hockey teams. There are some common threads emerging with our young Vancouver Canucks. In the mid 80's a few players transformed a team, they played for the Edmonton Oilers. The catalyst of this was Wayne of course. We all know of his elite talent level. What he also brought was elevation to his teammates. What is elevation and how can it be quantified in relation to those around you. First you have to look into practices. When you have an elite talent going against you in drills you learn by watching and competing against. This also reflects in goaltending, defence and offence. An elite shooter will elevate a goaltenders reaction time and anticipation. Elite skaters will force D-men to think and react quicker to movement changes and shifty tactics. Offensively elite playmakers will teach fellow players how to create those openings and get shots off quicker and more accurately. Another example of a great elite player was of course Mario. He did the same thing with his team in the 90's. Very similarly with Edmonton Pittsburgh kept the same goaltenders and developed them. Sure back in the late 80's early 90's the averages were horrible, but these goalies elevated. Surely in each case it took a few years to get everything to work. It did for each of these teams. I'm not saying that we have a player or two who will be regarded as one of the greatest ever. Elements of their games are elite though. Which brings me back to the elite elements elevating the rest of the team. We have a young D-man with elite skating and playmaking ability. We have an amazing shooter in Brock and an Elite talent in Skating and play making. I think that the dividends of the past few years are now showing tangible effects of that. Looking at Markstrom I think he is one of the best indicators of that inward elevation. I can also see hints of it within some of our veteran defensive core. The future is definitely going to be interesting. What are your thoughts on how internal competition has elevated our team. (I could have gone deeper with statistics and focusing on work ethic, but that would have made for a long dry read) 3 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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