After watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Sergei Gonchar, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals these past couple of years, we must conclude that in the new NHL, puck-moving defensemen are a key ingredient in the over-all recipe of a Stanley Cup champion. Is this true, or does it fail to stand up to objective analysis? If it does, how important is this ingredient?
Getting points from your blue line has always been seen as an advantage. But having a pair of elite puck-moving defensemen could be the key to the Stanley Cup.