It takes depth to go far in the playoffs → https://t.co/Aj3UI6mmxm
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 16, 2023
Over the past three years, we’ve become accustomed to seeing potential “dynasties” win the Stanley Cup.
A superteam with two (or more) franchise tag players at its position is normally expected to take top honours – the Lightning did it with guys in their prime who won the Hart, Vezina, Norris and Maurice-Richard Trophies. The Avalanche counted on Nathan MacKinnon, one of the league’s best players, and Cale Makar, a young defenseman with generational potential.
Can we really compare the composition of the teams currently in the final four to these? The NHL’s highest-paid players are out, as of today.
Is Sebastian Aho a franchise player in Carolina? Brent Burns is past his prime and Frederik Andersen isn’t a star goalie.
In Dallas, Jason Robertson is a star, but doesn’t (yet) have the reputation of a superstar. Miro Heiskanen is good, but not among the NHL’s elite. Jake Oettinger may be the centerpiece of this club, and a potential franchise goalie in the making.
In Florida, Matthew Tkachuk is a franchise player. Aleksander Barkov is a star, but hasn’t (yet) reached the next level in terms of his reputation. Sergei Bobrovsky no longer has the reputation he had in 2017 when he won a second Vezina.
Or maybe our memories are short, and guys like Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar didn’t have the same reputation before they put a ring on their finger.
Whatever the case, the 2023 champion team will have shown that star power isn’t what’s important. A good lesson for the Oilers and Maple Leafs of this world…
– Read on.