Re: Bruins players ranking from 1 to 10 (most important
posted at 7/13/2010 10:36 AM EDT
Another slightly different take on "most important":
If the Bruins were to call a press conference to announce that, due to an unusual accident involving a flight of stairs and a banana peel, one player would miss the whole season. Who would you be praying/crossing fingers/whatever your belief system supports for to not be named? (and only for the effects on this season).
#1 Chara. Without him, this team has no answer for high-end forwards. Sure, the 'system' can slow them down, but Chara is the lynch-pin of that system.
#2 Horton. Two years ago, we saw what the offense could do with an effective scoring winger. Last year we saw what would happen without one. Which offense do you prefer? That's what I thought. And we wouldn't even be able to blame Wideman for the teams problems anymore - unless he ate the banana.
#3 Rask/Thomas. They will (hopefully) push one another, and loosing one for the whole season may mean digging Manny Fernandez's number out of the trash if the other gets in a funk or has a minor injury.
#5 Savard. Last year, more often than not he was the only player on the team that cause they other team to immediately react. You could sense the defenders' nervousness. I should need to comment on the power play numbers.
#6 Seguin. All the excitement, all the hype, and he's out. What a buzz-kill that would be.
#7 Seidenberg. Parrot voice: "He's expected to pick up the bulk of the lost offense from the blueline due to the departure of Wideman."
#8 Krejčí. If he picks up where he left off, he'll have other teams reacting to him as they do Savard.
#9 Bergeron. Wins faceoffs, is a key on the penalty kill and can be on the point for power plays. A loss of a single thing he does is not too hard for the team to absorb, but he makes a lot of holes when he is forced to sit. No single alternate player can fill them all at near his level.
#10 Ference. Yes, seriously. Effective guy that seems to help the team win without doing anything obvious. Without him we are looking at a bottom pairing of Hunwick-McQuaid. Yikes. (In this case, substitute "slips on a banana peel" with "bitten by oil covered pelican"