Poor Yzerman. Having to play with two guys in Homer and Mac who are slower than dirt.
Here's a question. Was Yzerman even playing on what was considered the top line in those years? McCarty is not a top line guy and Sandstrom wasn't very good in the 1997 playoffs. And Homer was still 10 years away from being a top line player in 1998.
Interesting to put the franchise center in that situation.
McCarty, Holmstrom, Kocur, etc. were tough as nails, but they could play hockey. Sandstrom is an enigma.
McCarty was a lot like Abby in a way, and Abby also plays with elite players.
You've grown too fond of McGrattan, who's as tough as McCarty, but plays hockey like a stick in the mud.
Statistical analysts are hired to do this work. It's not like the coach is expected to be the one that does the math lol. This has no effect on on-ice training like you say. All it does is give them information on how to better utilize their players in specific situations.