>For the last few years, few people could argue that the Penguins have
>had the most talented (but not healthy) team in the league. Detroit
>hinted at challenging last year, but fluke performances by boys like Ray
>Sheppard won't last. However, with the new and improved St. Louis
>lineup, I have to wonder who has the most talented boys on their squad?
>GOALIES - Blues obviously kick ***here.
>DEFENSE - Blues will score more, but the Pens can play defense.
>CENTER - Pens are superior, Blues are healthy
Not only superior, Blues don't even come close. Blues are
extrememly weak at center.
>WINGS - your call
uhhhhh, first of all, I don't expect Hull to stick around and
even with him there, Penguins are superior. Don't forget about
>COACH - not even close
>My vote: St. Louis by a hair
Not even close. Pittsburgh.
First of all, you got to look at the whole team. Pittsburgh is
a team. I'm not sure about St. Louis.
I'm not familiar enough with Pittsburgh and St. Louis to go
over everyman but if you were to take that approach of comparing
talent, Toronto would beat you guys hands down.
Cujo, Casey vs. Potvin and Rhodes and soon Eric Fichaut.
Most would pick Toronto.
Duschene, MacInnis vs. Johnson, Mironov, Ellet.
MacInnis is the best of the lot but on a team basis, Toronto is
far superior on defense.
Janney, Nedved vs. Gilmour, Sundin and now Ridley.
Janney and Nedved are two tiers below both Gilmour and Sundin.
NOt even close, Toronto.
Shananhan and Hull vs. Andreychuck, Gartner.
Here St. Louis has an edge in terms of pure scoring power but Hull
won't be around too long.
Coach & GM
Keenan vs. Pat Burns and Cliff Fletcher.
No one is more respected than Cliff and with Keenan's exploits with
NY Rangers, he's lost a lot of respect.
Who does St. Louis have?? Everyone else on Toronto are class players.
St. Louis isn't really a team. Its divided into two factions that
dislike each other. Toronto is a team with great chemistry. It may
have suffered a bit with the trading of Wendel, but there was a lot
there to begin with.
So on this basis, Toronto is a more talented team than St. Louis.
Well, it is true to begin with but don't forget there's more to a
team than just a few heads.