Re: Window Closing?
posted at 9/27/2013 1:20 PM EDT
In response to red75's comment:
In response to islamorada's comment:
Harry Sinden always the prime age for hockey players was from aproximately 27 to 32. He is correct physiologically, psychologically, and addition to experience. If one looks at the ages of the core minus Chara, Seidenberg, and Iginla. Most of the players are still entering the lower end of the Sinden age bracket. Hamilton is a question, 20 year old with a couple more years to develop. The farm system is not what it should be thus the changes in scouting this summer. Overall though the team if it starts to draft well will be a competitive top 10 in a parity driven NHL for several more years. EA sports predicts Blues win the Cup. Bs predicted to lose to the Pens in the conference finals. The team is competitive!
EA completely messed up their prediction this year as they did not use the new playoff format they used the old one - they have Chicago winning the President's trophy, and then they have the Blues playing Minny in the first round, LA in the second round and the Hawks in the Conference final. In the new format this is mathematically impossible. If the Hawks win the Presidents they'd be first in the Central. In order for the Blues to play Minny in the first they'd have to stay in the Central and not go over as the Wild Card, with the Blues and Wild being in third and second (either way). In order for them to play LA in the second LA would have to come to the Central on the Wild Card, putting them in 4th, meaning the only way the Blues see them in the second is if the Kings knock out Chicago in the first round, meaning no conference final between the Blues and the Hawks.
I never put much stock into EA's simulation but this year it's even more useless as it is a mathematical impossibility.
I see the Hockey News has also picked Chicago as the #1 team, and also the Blues as the eventual Cup winner.
Getting to be the trendy pick.
Regarding the window, it's simply impossible to guess how certain players will develop and how the rest of the league changes 5 years in advance, but I'll admit I don't even want to think about not having Chara in a Bruins' uniform. I can't think of a more indispensible player to the Bruins' fortunes in a long time.