Your ‘Dream Team’ finalists!

When we opened up our ‘Dream Team’ concept last week, we knew our fans would come up with talent-laden rosters that would compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup .

Still, your support was overwhelming.

Some ‘300 Dream Teams’ have been narrowed down a select few, with brownie points given to taking a unique approach. We had a team based around a favorite player, a club of All-European players, award winners, 50-point scorers and more.

The one constant: Alex Ovechkin

Here’s your opportunity to meet each team and the rationale behind the selections. Fans can vote for the winner at the bottom of the page. Voting will close on Saturday at noon EDT.

THE PUCK HOGS: Ryan Hagemann

Alex Ovechkin (WSH) / Pavel Datsyuk (DET) / Daniel Sedin (VAN)
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) / Steven Stamkos (TBL) / Jarome Iginla (CGY)
Milan Lucic (BOS) / Mike Richards (LAK) / Corey Perry (ANA)
Ryan Callahan (NYR) / John Madden (Free Agent) / Jamie Benn (DAL)

Keith Yandle (PHX) / Shea Weber (NSH)
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) / Duncan Keith (CHI)
Dion Phaneuf (TOR) / Brooks Orpik (PIT)

Ryan Miller (BUF)
Cam Ward (CAR)

GM Comments: I believe this team would succeed because every line has its role and something to bring to the table.

The first two forward lines are built to deliver high caliber scoring, while the first defensive pair provides intelligence with an offensive upside, with the opportunity to deliver the occasional punishing blow to opposing forwards.

The third line’s job is to play a penalty killing/checking role, while being to produce decent offensive numbers, while the second defensive pairing consists of players who are able to play a top-two kind of role, but bring a more physical aspect to the game as two-way players.

As for the fourth forward line, they bring have a multitude of tools to the table. You have a pair of grinders in Callahan and Madden, teamed up with an offensive minded penalty killer like Jamie Benn. Last but most certainly not least, you have a gritty third defensive pair in Dion Phaneuf and Brooks Orpik, who are both known to bring a physical presence.

All in all, “The Puck Hogs” have it all; Big-time scorers, hard-hitting defenseman, grinders who won’t be outworked, and a pair of outstanding goaltenders in Ryan Miller and Cam Ward. Not only do they have all of these amazing players but most are still young and in the prime of their NHL careers. Still, don’t rest on veterans like Jarome Iginla, among others, who will deliver leadership that every GM seeks in a player.

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Alexander Ovechkin (WSH) / Pavel Datsyuk (DET) / Michael Grabner (NYI)
Zach Parise (NJD) / Jarome Iginla (CGY) / Jonathan Toews (CHI)
Dany Heatley (MIN) / Ryan Kesler (VAN) / Rick Nash (CBJ)
Ryane Clowe (SJS) / Steven Stamkos (TBL) / Corey Perry (ANA)

Nick Lidstrom (DET) / Drew Doughty (LAK)
Kris Letang (PIT) / Ryan Suter (NSH)
Keith Yandle (PHX) / Alex Goligoski (DAL)

Tim Thomas (BOS)
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

GM Comments: Built from the backstops, where both Thomas and Lundqvist were among the league leaders in shutouts, GAA and save percentage, each skater (with the exception of Lidstrom) was near the top of his team in points and +/-. Grabner adds speed at even strength to the skills of Datsyuk and Ovechkin. The second line is a little more finesse while the third line is larger power line. The fourth line puts some grit around Stamkos, adding a grind line type element. The top three are centered by highly defensive minded players. Forwards, led from the center out, on these lines would help a younger defense, while the offensive ability of the defense would be able to contribute to the offense and if coached by Babcock, would get the most out of these players. Grabner might surprise some people making this list, but his numbers for a lackluster Islander team are terrific for a player still developing. Goligoski was my biggest surprise find as he was in the top 15 for both points and +/-. Regardless of how valid you deem the +/- statistic, you can’t argue with the fact that these are all highly skilled players who are often on the ice when scoring as opposed to being scored on, the later being the more important part, especial at even strength hockey. Defense without the expense of lack of offensive firepower.

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TEAM FIFTY OR MORE: David Fortin Côté

Alexander Ovechkin (WSH) / Sidney Crosby (PIT) / Steven Stamkos (TBL)
Corey Perry (ANA) / Pavel Datsyuk (DET) / Jarome Iginla (CGY)
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJD) / Eric Staal (CAR) / Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)
Jonathan Toews (CHI) / Brad Richards (NYR) / Joe Thornton (SJS)

Nick Lidstrom (DET) / Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)
Chris Pronger (PHI) / Drew Doughty (LAK)
Shea Weber (NSH) / James Wisniewski (CBJ)

Tim Thomas (BOS)
Roberto Luongo (VAN)

GM Comments: First of all, this roster is filled with players that reached the 50 points plateau in their career.

Second, there are a lot of trophy winners in the roster, with only six members (Staal, Byfuglien, Doughty, Weber, Wisniewski and Luongo), not having won an individual NHL Award.

Third, this team is filled with a mix of youth and experience, the best mix for winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. Iginla, Alfredsson, Lidstrom and Pronger are good veteran players who are still able to play tremendous hockey and put points on the scoreboard. Youngsters like Stamkos, Perry, Doughty and Weber provide youthful energy.

Fourth, each player brings something special to the team, like Jonathan Toews being selected as the MVP of the Olympic Games, or Kovalchuk winning the “Rocket” Richard trophy. Lidstrom and Pronger are Norris Trophy winners, while Doughty and Weber were once finalists. You also have the two goaltenders who faced each other in the Stanley Cup Final, teaming up to protect the pipes.

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Corey Perry (ANA) / Henrik Sedin (VAN) / Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
Steven Stamkos (TBL) / John Tavares (NYI) / Taylor Hall (EDM)
Evgeni Malkin (PIT / Henrik Zetterberg (DET) / Brad Richards (NYR)
Patrick Kane (CHI) / Paul Statsky (COL) / James van Riemsdyk (PHI)

Nick Lidstrom (DET) / Keith Yandle (PHX)
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) / Shea Weber (NSH)
Drew Doughty (LAK) / Erik Karlsson (OTT)

Tim Thomas (BOS)
Ryan Miller (BUF)

GM Comments: My first line of Perry, H. Sedin and Ovechkin have all won the Hart Trophy, so you really can’t go wrong there. My second line is made up of #1 draft picks who are all up and coming stars in the league. The third line of Malkin, Zetterberg and Richards are all former Conn Smythe winners and players don’t get any more clutch than during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The fourth line is an All-American line, and I have to represent the USA in making the perfect team.

The first defensive pair is Lidstrom and Yandle, two of the top three defensive scorers from the 10-11 season. Byfuglien and Weber are big guys who can move the puck, while Doughty and Karlsson are both just 21 and have tremendous NHL futures ahead of them.
And my goalies (T. Thomas/R.Miller) are the past two Vezina Trophy winners and both have shown they play their best when it counts most, in the Olympics and Stanley Cup Finals.

All of this will combine to make The Hardware Collectors the most well put together NHL team of my dreams.

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Alex Ovechkin (WSH) / Pavel Datsyuk (DET) / Ilya Kovalchuk (NJD)
Loui Eriksson (DAL) / Henrik Sedin (VAN) / Patric Hornqvist (NSH)
Ville Leino (BUF) / Mikko Koivu (MIN) / Teemu Selanne (Free Agent)
Ales Hemsky (EDM) / Anze Kopitar (LAK) / Martin Havlat (SJS)

Nick Lidstrom (DET) / Tobias Enstrom (WPG)
Andrei Markov (MTL) / Zdeno Chara (BOS)
Kimmo Timonen (PHI) / Joni Pitkanen (CAR)

Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY)
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

GM Comments: Each forward line except for the fourth line, is based on the players country of origin. It can really speed on-ice communication during the game. In addition, each line is a combination of experience and youth. Also, I have tried to keep the natural position of each player.

The first line is Russian, with three snipers who can put the puck in the net. The second line is all Swedish, with size and soft hands, which could work really well on the PP and the PK. The third line is an all Finnish line, if Selanne were to eventually return, while the fourth line is a Czech-Slovenian combo with two speedy wingers and Kopitar in the middle.

Roman closes off by saying that Scandinavian goalies are the best in his opinion, with three Vezina nominations between the two of them, what else do you need?

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Thomas Vanek (BUF) / Pavel Datsyuk (DET) / Claude Giroux (PHI)
Alexander Ovechkin (WSH) / Brad Marchand (BOS) / Bobby Ryan (ANA)
Jiri Hudler (DET) / Vinny Lecavalier (TBL) / Michael Grabner (NYI)
Paul Bissonnette (PHO) / Antoine Vermette (CBJ) / David Backes (STL)

Shea Weber (NSH) / Dan Boyle (SJS)
Alex Goligoski (DAL) / Dion Phaneuf (TOR)
Kevin Bieksa (VAN) / Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)

Jonathan Quick (LAK)
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

GM Comments: Many of the offensive players I have chosen spoke out to me not only for their ability to score, but also to share the puck. If you check the stats on most of the players on my team, you’ll see there are a large amount of assists. Most of my players have a positive +/- while also staying out of the penalty box (with the exception of Mr. Bissonnette). Bissonnette will of course serve as my enforcer when someone tries to step up to any of my snipers.

The defensive pairs I have chosen are excellent shooters, passers, and scorers. Most of whom have a great +/- (Bieksa +32, Goligoski +20). My team doesn’t really see the penalty box, which is a definite plus. Shea Weber has one of the best slap shots the game has ever seen, he and Phaneuf would be an excellent tandem on the PP. Boyle brings the experience factor to the table while Byfuglien promises to be a great player at whichever position he plays.

The goaltenders I have chosen are excellent at their position. Lundqvist and Quick have a combined total of 17 shutouts (11 of which are from Lundqvist). They also have a combined total of 71 wins, including excellent save percentages and solid G.A.A.’s. Neither have won the Stanley Cup but I do believe with this team it is very possible!

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Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) / Steven Stamkos (TBL) / Corey Perry (ANA)
Daniel Sedin (VAN) / Sidney Crosby (PIT) / Jarome Iginla (CGY)
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) / Joe Thornton (SJS) / Rick Nash (CBJ)
Brenden Morrow (DAL) / Frans Nielsen (NYI) / David Backes (STL)

Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) / Duncan Keith (CHI)
Zdeno Chara (BOS) / Marc Staal (NYR)
Drew Doughty (LAK) / Dustin Byfuglien (ATL)

Ryan Miller (BUF)
Pekka Rinne (NSH)

GM Comments: This is the most complete, well-rounded team with all of the players playing their natural positions and the only double-up was with Lidstrom and Zetterberg. The offensive lines will blow by the competition right out of the gate with its mix of speed, power, vision, and ability to put the puck in the back of the net. Not to mention, there will be no better tandem in the league than Zetterberg and Nielsen together on the penalty kill. Ryan Miller has stood on his head in goal his entire career, I don’t expect anything different. If so, the save percentage king Pekka Rinne will be there to pick up the slack. The defense has a nice mix of size, strength, leadership, and offensive upside, but most importantly defensive responsibility. I dare you to find a better, balanced team using these competition guidelines.


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9 Responses to Your ‘Dream Team’ finalists!

  1. How can not one have Marty St. Louis??? Stammer to St. Louis has been a deadly combo the last few years….

  2. Roman Tov says:

    He’d be my 1st line RW if he has one of european citizenships:) Stammer should make a cut from his new contract towards Mighty Marty

  3. T. Roy says:

    Ryan gets my vote.

  4. I like the talent of the “Hardware Collectors.” MY VOTE GOES TO JACOB COLLINS.

  5. gmsdad says:

    you can’t go wrong with alot of goal holders I vote for jacob collins hardware collectors

  6. Buzz says:

    OK, How about a team with NOTHING but Winners on it. Stanley Cup Winners. No losers allowed. I know that Malkin plays wing and center, and Zetterburg as well if need be. Id take this team over any other one named. Would not have to have ovechkin either. And concerning goalie, whoever was the hot one would play.

    1. Franzen, Crosby, St.Louis
    2. Eric Staal, Datysuk, Cory Perry
    3. Geno Malkin , Brad Richards, Patrick Kane
    4. Hossa, Toews, Zetterburg
    1. Lidstrom, Chara
    2. Orpik, Pronger
    3. Byfuglin , scott neidermeyer
    1, Tim Thomas
    2. Marc Andre Fluery
    3. Cam Ward

    Couple of Subs


  7. Buzz says:

    How about a team without the best player in the world. That team is not legit, one bit, not even reality. You would leave of the best player in the world if you were a GM. You would be constantly harangued by the media. They would keep asking , now that you lost and are going home early, do you feel that you made a mistake in not having the best player in the world on your team? Why would you leave him off? Wasnt he one of the asst captains for the gold metal winning Canadian Olympic team. As well as the game winner for the gold.

  8. JJ says:

    Ek’s vision = success

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