The idea when I composed this roster was to formulate a team that would have balanced, role-playing lines, taking an idealist stance whilst also functioning in the same manner as the coach and GM would want. Here ya go, feel free to disagree strongly. I am curious…
LW: John Bucyk
C: Phil Esposito
RW: Ken Hodge
There’s a strong emphasis on the early 1970’s here, but for good reason. This makes for a great power play unit in itself.
LW: Milt Schmidt
C: Jean Ratelle
RW: Cam Neely
I moved Neely to the second line so he could have a good set-up man in Gentleman Jean. Fair enough, right?
LW: Don Marcotte
C: Derek Sanderson
RW: Terry O’Reilly
The embodiment of two-way play, with Taz more than willing to drop the gloves when provoked. Sanderson great for all special teams play.
LW: Stan Jonathan
C: Patrice Bergeron
RW: Johnny McKenzie
Every good team needs an enforcer, so putting Jonathan on this line was a safe move. I was reluctant to put Bergeron on the team, but he IS making history and is only going to improve (within the next 3 years anyways). By merit of accomplishment, he does deserve to be on line 3 but he doesn’t have the same amount of aggressiveness as those mentioned. Pie is Pie, so go with it.
LD: Robert Gordon Orr
RD: Raymond Jean Bourque
This was a given, and it could well have happened. The number of Cups delivered by this duo would have been jaw-dropping.
LD: Eddie Shore
RD: Zdeno Chara
The largest player in the history of the NHL combined with a guy who will start brawls at the slightest provocation makes this fearsome.
LD: Brad Park
RD: Don Sweeney
A more than decent stay at home man in Sweeney who is also capable of moving the puck combined with Paul Coffey minus the defensive mediocrity is swell.
Thomas was a subject that I found myself gritting my teeth over, but I eventually found myself unable to overlook his accomplishments. Cheevers is still the best big game goalie in team history, but they make a good tandem.
Grapes is always a source of controversy and maybe he did make a couple of mental lapses behind the bench, but this team needs a colorful personality to be its boss. I feel this is the right pick.
Thank you, ladies and gentleman, and remember to spay and neuter your pets.