Does Size Matter in the NHL?
Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:04 PM
My Custom Lineup
Damien Brunner ($1.350m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Danny Cleary ($2.800m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m)
Drew Miller ($0.838m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.200m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m)
Gustav Nyquist ($0.875m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Kyle Quincey ($3.775m)
Jay Bouwmeester ($6.680m) / Ian White ($2.875m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Brendan Smith ($0.875m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m) /
Jimmy Howard ($2.250m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:43 PM
If you're going to get a role on 3rd/4th line or be a shut-down defenseman, yes size matters.
Work ethic though, regardless of how big or small you are, is most important.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:14 PM
"I don't care how fast a skater you are, if you don't play this game with a big heart and a big bag of knuckles in front of the net, you don't got dinky-do."
Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:12 PM
The point about Cammaleri and St Louis kinda actually shows how important size is. To be small you have to be a 90 point or 40 goal scorer to be relevant. Hudler put up 25 last year and no one wants to see him back because deficiencies in his game caused mostly by a lack of size.
RIP BOB PROBERT #24
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:48 PM
20 goals scored to 29 goals: 35 players were 6-1/201 or bigger and 36 were 6-0/200 or smaller. Of the elite players, those that scored 30+ goals, there is a gap. 30 guys scored at least 30 goals. Of this group, 20 were 6-1/201 or bigger, and 10 were 6-0/200 or smaller. Now yes you have some guys that are 6-0 or 5-11 and over 200 pounds, and you have some guys that are 6-1 or taller and less than 200. So of course no split is ever 100% true.
If you look at the Wings roster from this past year, we have 7 guys coming back that are 6-1/200 or bigger. Abby, Franzen, Burt, Kindl, Eric, Quincey, and Smith. Then there are guys like Cleary, over 200 pounds but only 6-0 tall or Miller who is 6-2, but is under 200 pounds. The dangerous part is, of the 3 forwards we have that are above average in size, 2 are well over 30 years old with no replacements close to being ready.
But you have to have balance. The Flyers under Clark went out and picked up every big slow moving player they could find. Of course it didn't work. When we have won our Cups we had smaller fast guys and big power forwards at the same time.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:54 PM
"Everything he does is exciting to watch.” -Holmstrom describes Datsyuk
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:57 PM
I think this is one of those things where size doesn't matter as much as how you use it. I could watch Datsyuk check Chara all day long.
Or you can watch Doan check our whole team into the boards with no reaction like he did a couple years back in the playoffs. Or like the Preds did this playoffs......
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