In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
In response to Chowdahkid-'s comment:
In response to lucdufour's comment:
Size is a factor when talking about net precense. The Caps did an unreal (record setting) job of blocking shots last year, but at the same time, Holtby saw a ton of pucks without any Bruin bodies in front. Bigger talented forwards can create more havoc in front of the net which is needed in tightly contested playoff matchups.
Some of those Championship Red Wings teams that Kelvana mentioned had players who paid the price up front with Shanahan, Holmstrom, and a few others. My point is that you need some talented guys willing to get in the dirty areas in addition to the softer, finesse players to have that perfect blend....and great goaltending, of course.
During the Bruins cup run, which forwards were the most effective for them ? Hint: It wasn't the big guys.
I love having bigger players on the team but don't discount smaller players doing just as good of a job of going to the dirty areas, retrieving pucks and creating havoc in front of the net as the big guys.
In some aspects of the game, hands, quickness and speed can have the same results ( or better ) as having size as shown in the cup run.
I agree Chowda. Not a big Marchand fan, but when he plays his best hockey he's as valuable as having a 6 2" 210lbs body! Not overly speedy, but fast enough to create problems. His hockey sense, poise with the puck & patience was well illustrated in the Cup gwg. Without his play the B's don't have their 6th cup imho.
I don't disagree with what you are saying but let's not forget that it was Horton who got both game 7 game winners to get to the final as well. Marchand is an effective smaller player that does get in the dirty areas. No doubt. However, as a former D-man at a high level, it was way more work to move a big body from in front of the net; it was way more work to receive hits from big men to make a play, it was way more work to battle in the corners with these guys. Overall, it is simply tougher to play against big men as a defense.
"In some aspects of the game, hands, quickness and speed can have the same results ( or better ) as having size as shown in the cup run. "---player profile of Scott Gomez.
Unless you are truly special (like Datsyuk), you have to have some GRIT as well to survive long term as an effective small forward.
What was the biggest reason the Bruins were essentially .500 after there huge streak last year? It would be tough to argue against losing a big bodied power forward in Horton was the biggest factor.