Really......Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Tatar, and Nyquist are mediocre? Saying things like this just kill your credibility.
You named 4 players, they are obviously not mediocre. The reason I didn't specifically name those players is simply because I didn't think anyone was dense enough to think I'd call those players mediocre. Do I really need to spell out who the good players are, and who sucks? I thought it was common sense as well as common knowledge. Would calling most of the players mediocre instead of calling the team mediocre, make you feel any better? Only having 4 or 5 good players is what makes a team inconsistent, and mediocre. Come on dude, no point in being confrontational for the sake of it.
This mediocre team and players finished with 100 points and were leading the entire NHL after 65 games before the collapse. Let me guess, it was just luck we were in first after 65 games and it had nothing to do with our mediocre players.
This mediocre team also took Tampa to 7 games and really should have won the series, while mediocre Montreal lost in 6 and mediocre Rangers might go 7 games as well, time will tell.
Mediocre is mediocre. Maybe we should suck for the next 3-4 years so we are not mediocre anymore and
get top 10 picks. Hopefully our drafting isn't mediocre now.
I'm ashamed to be Russian... I stopped rooting for this team long time ago...
Hockey in Russia now is like one of the battle fields in war against the West. Hockey players aren't opponents in the game of sport, they are enimeis...
If you can hear current russian coach you'd be amazed, this guy is total psycho, he soaked in Goebbels-like anti-western propaganda and these boys he has been coaching, are clearly under his and more other higher-ups influence. I blame him, I blame legend Tretyak, I blame Slava Fetisov - he become one of these who are now on the other side of common sense...
I know this isn't going to last long and Russian will understand and make it right. I just hope it happen sooner...
Russia has to start changing the philosophy in order to be successful. USA and Canada both went in and played as teams and played a structure system (200 foot game), Russia has too many individuals that see the game one way only. You can't beat teams as individuals.
They need to start developing two way players / dmen more, it's ok to have the superstars like Ovi, Malkin and Tarasenko (when he is allowed to play) but the blueline for Russia is absolutely horrendous. The coaching also needs to change, they switch coaches but it's the same results every time and the bias to have mostly KHL players is ridiculous as well.
I really like Babcock. 10 years is enough, and he hasn't done much lately. HIs Stanley cup and Olympic gold-medals were pretty much due to the fact that he was given the keys to the fastest car each time. Substitute other coaches for him in those scenarios and they are the winners.
I don't understand why people here have such a hard time realizing this.
Because there is things called opinions. Does everyone have to agree with you?
Babs stays good for us. He leaves good for us we end up with Blashill. Let's not pretend Babs is a horrible coach and needs to go.
The fact of the matter is unless we are picking in the top 10, our chances of drafting an elite player are going to be very slim. If you look at the offensive leaders this year, most of them have been high draft picks. In fact, in the top 10 this year, only Jiri Hudler and Jamie Benn were chosen in the 2nd round and later. Every other player was a 1st round high draft pick.
In the new NHL, you can draft smart like the Wings and not get a star player. You have a greater chance of landing that franchise player by having bad seasons and drafting high. This is how the Blackhawks built their team. This is how the Lightning built their new team. Here is a great article on the value of players and the draft pick position of those players in relation.
In short, if we want an elite player, we either have to get lucky in the later rounds OR have a poor season and try to get a elite player in the first 5 picks and hope it pans out. Since getting an elite player is easier for those that are picking high, it would make sense to have some poor seasons to get those high draft picks. Nothing is for certain though. Its not like everyone picking #1 is drafting a stud. There have been some real dogs out there for sure.
But it is possible to get an allstar D man in outside of the top 10: