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    The Athletic: Team of the Decade

    https://theathletic.com/1337887/2019...l-decade-team/

    Line 1:
    Crosby
    Bergeron
    Ovechkin

    Line 2:
    Toews
    Malkin
    Kane

    Line 3:
    McDavid
    Stamkos
    Kucherov

    Line 4:
    Kopitar
    Marchand
    Pavelski

    1st pair: Keith-Karlsson
    2nd pair: Hedman-Doughty
    3rd pair: Chara-Letang

    G:
    Lundqvist
    Holtby

    Scratches:
    Datsyuk
    D. Sedin
    Perry
    Burns
    Weber
    Price

    Discuss, I guess. And don't shoot the messenger.

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    My initial reaction is "Bergeron on the first line lol"

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    Looks pretty solid to me


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    My initial reaction is "Bergeron on the first line lol"
    Really?
    He’s an absolute Rolls Royce of a player and comfortably one of the very best of the decade imo.

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    Giroux, Tavares, Kessel are 4, 5 and 6th overall in scoring during the decade.
    Lias Andersson for #AJT2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesy View Post
    Really?
    He’s an absolute Rolls Royce of a player and comfortably one of the very best of the decade imo.
    I wouldn't put a 60 pt player on a first line with Crosby and Ovechkin for a team of the decade. Insane. He'd be a good 4th line pick though.

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    Shit, i got Marchand and Bergeron mixed up

    And no Tavares ???


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    McJesus on the 3rd? Blasphemy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    I wouldn't put a 60 pt player on a first line with Crosby and Ovechkin for a team of the decade. Insane. He'd be a good 4th line pick though.
    He's not any old "60 point player" though is he. He's obscenely good at everything you need as a center.
    Also, he's far north of ppg over the last 3 seasons.

    But the actual reason he's there is the authors criteria.

    If you’ve followed any of my previous work you’ll know that I try my best to limit any subjectivity which means I won’t just be picking players as I deem fit either (which means any questions about a player’s position will come with actual answers rather than my own arbitrary justification). Here’s the criteria I used to select the decade’s best team, with each factor normalized and weighted equally using standard deviations.

    Total regular season Game Score (expected goals saved for goalies)
    Average regular season Game Score (save percentage for goalies)
    Peak three-year average regular season Game Score (expected goals saved for goalies)
    Total playoff Game Score (expected goals saved for goalies)
    Total trophy vote percentage (Hart, Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, Selke, Norris, Vezina, Rocket Richard, Conn Smythe, All Star)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesy View Post
    He's not any old "60 point player" though is he. He's obscenely good at everything you need as a center.
    Also, he's far north of ppg over the last 3 seasons.

    But the actual reason he's there is the authors criteria.
    Then you can roll Bergeron, and I'll roll McDavid on that line.

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    Lundqvist the starter so Im happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    Then you can roll Bergeron, and I'll roll McDavid on that line.
    I mean, sure. I'm not going to argue against that.

    Production is obviously extremely important. I just think this guy is a unicorn in that he's so fucking elite at every little facet of the game. He's been so good that I think his inclusion is justified even if he has been significantly outproduced by others.

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