Well just watching the Sens-Pitts game and enjoying hockey being back. With hockey returning comes a slew of questions that all fans think of : "Who will win the cup? , Who will win the division ? Who is the most underrated player?"..ect ..ect.
So let me ask you one question?
What do you think is the most imperative quality/characteristic a team needs to be succesful in the league ? Defence? Grit? Star Forwards?...so on so forth.
In my opinion it has to be goaltending. All teams that advance to the finals or even stand a chance of winning a game , need solid performance in their nets . Despite how many goals they can score , or how superb their defence is . They can't be fishing out the puck out of the net all game long.
So thats my opinion , what do you think
Ownage.....you need lots of that.
to win you need everything to be honest... you need goaltending, offense and defence... you can't focus on one attribute because you can't win by lacking in one of these three major areas of the game...
I agree with you 100%....Goaltending is KEY....look at Detroit....New Jersey...Dallas....you can go on and on....unfortunatly my Bruins are in a different boat and we rely on our ever so streaky goaltending (Tim Thomas)....his circus act has garnered great applause throughout New England but he blows key games and causes the team to miss out on key points....but like you said in this post "goaltending" is the most imperative characteristic a team needs to be successful....
I think obviously goaltending has to be #1. Let's face it. Regardless of how many Datsyk's or Ovechkin's you have on your team you still have to keep the puck out of the net. Great goaltending can bail out bad D for the most part. #2 to me would be strong leadership that can score/lead by example. Bar none I'd take a guy like Brendan Morrow or maybe a Shane Doan or Iginla to be my centerpiece beyond the quality goaltender.