Best of 7 series. Flipped a coin for home ice advantage.. Hamilton has home ice.
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I believe Hamilton's defense and goaltending is more than enough to stop the Brooklyn offense.
I could do this more in a bigger post but I'll disagree shortly (mostly because I don't have time right now). While Hasek is fantastic (and imo the best goalie in this thing), Belfour is certainly quite good as well (there's a reason he started over Hasek for years in Chicago, he was the 4th best goalie of the era and dominated the league at times. On defense while Chelios certainly is good, I'm not convinced he was better than Leetch during this period (in fact I'll claim the opposite as Leetch racked up just as much hardware defensively and won a Conn Smythe and provides more to the powerplay). After, Chelios though this defense is filled with question marks. Coffey was past his prime and declining defensively and was never special on that end. Fetisov, while a legend in the USSR, is 32 years old for the very beginning of this time period and was never one of the best 5 or even really 7 defenseman in the NHL. Doughty, is in his prime right now and while he showed off in the playoffs, he still has coverage issues in today's NHL (Especially during the previous two to three regular seasons). His offensive talent is undeniable (though limited to an extent by the fact that Coffey has that main role on this team) but he would get burned against an offense like mine. Duschene and Numinen are solid veterans who were top pairing guys in their primes but were never anything remarkable.
I'm not that impressed by the defense.
I'll put some info here briefly (Don't really have the time anymore for huge arguments).
7 Hart Trophies (Lemieux (2), Ovechkin (2), Malkin (1), Sedin (1), St. Louis (1))
1 Hart Trophy (Joe Sakic (1))
Art Ross Trophies 10 (Lemieux (4), Malkin (2), Ovechkin (1), D. Sedin (1), H. Sedin (2)
0 Art Ross Trophies
Richard Trophies (or the equivalent, leading the NHL in goals just when the trophy didn't exist before 1999): 3 (Lemieux (1), Ovechkin (2))
Richard or equivalent Trophies: 0
Conn Smythe Trophies: 5 (Lemieux x2, Malkin x1, Richards x 1,, Claude Lemieux x1 )
Conn Smythe Trophies: 2 (Joe Sakic (1), Joe Nieuwendyk (1))
Selke Trophies 5 (Jere Lehtinen x 3, Michael Peca x 2)
All NHL Teams
Kovalev-1 Second Team All NHL
M. Lemieux-3 First Team All NHL, 2 Second Team All NHL
St. Louis-1 First Team All NHL, 3 Second Team All NHL
Ovechkin- 5 First Team All NHL, 1 Second Team All NHL
Malkin-3 First Team All NHL
D. Sedin-1 First Team All NHL, 1 Second Team All NHL
H. Sedin- 2 First Team All NHL
Bertuzzi-1 First Team All NHL
16 First Team All NHL 8 Second Team All NHL
All NHL Teams:
Paul Kariya-3 First Team All NHL, 2 Second Team All NHL
Joe Sakic-3 First Team All NHL
Adam Oates-1 Second Team All NHL
Marian Hossa-1 Second Team All NHL
Ray Whitney-1 Second Team All NHL
Total: 6 First Team All NHL, 5 Second Team All NHL
# of Years in Top 5 Goals Created:
# of Years Top 5 Goals Created:
# of Years Top 5 in OPS (Offensive Point Shares)
Paul Kariya- 1
The difference in the offenses is huge.
This is not including the fact that Lemieux had some of the most dominant seasons ever (and certainly of this era during this time period).
It also does not reflect the chemistry that I believe my lines have where Lemieux plays with a former teammate in Kovalev (Who he excelled with and prompted to his (Kovalev's) best ever hockey) and one of the most unselfish players ever in MSL (who is used to playing with great centers in their primes Stamkos/Lecavalier) on line 1. On line 2, I forge the Russian connection between Ovechkin and Malkin and give them the gritty and two way player Claude Lemieux to play, this is a hell of a line to play against. On the third line, I have the Sedin chemistry and gave them the powerforward and tough guy they always needed in Bertuzzi. On line 4, I have my shutdown line consisting of two of the most dominant shutdown players of the era and a good two way player and playmaker in Brad Richards who will help create chances and is similar to the centers Lehtinen played with when he excelled