How do you build a Stanley Cup champion? It starts with the core. Every team has one or is working toward one and it’s that main cast that will take your team to the promised land. In a salary cap world, teams can’t keep everyone around, making it extremely important to identify the guys that are driving the bus and worth building around.
That was the big conclusion from former Canucks Army blogger Cam Lawrence (who goes by the pseudonym Money Puck and now works for the Florida Panthers) when he took a deep dive in. Using war-on-ice’s , Lawrence found that each contender usually had one player worth three or more wins, another two worth about 2.5, and a lot of other very good complementary players. Teams that win, win because they have star players and because they surrounded them with talent.
While the top three guys are vital to success, most team cores contain a couple more players and each piece is important to long-term success.