What are the requirements to win a Stanley Cup? It takes a lot of skill, a ton of perseverance, legendary teamwork, and a little bit of luck. That’s all pretty obvious.
But transitioning from the “clutch and grab” NHL to a more fluid style of play, what kind of player should teams be attempting to draft and develop to ensure a sustainable competitive playoff advantage? The answer to that question isn’t so simple.
And if you think it’s easy for a GM to assemble this kind of talent, think again. They have to construct a roster within the guidelines of the salary cap after they’ve employed a coaching staff that can engage the minds and hearts of their players.
Then, when they think they have it all figured out, here comes a concussion, a groin pull, or a broken hand to derail their progress.
How far do you think the Bolts are from Stanley Cup contention? What work does Steve Yzerman still need to do for the purpose of strengthening our roster?
One Stanley Cup in twenty years — how close are we to the next one? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.