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NHL - Making the Dream Team Roster

By Josie Lemieux
Sunday, April 21st, 2002

Sixteen teams have taken the playoff ranks by storm. The Stanley Cup is now up for grabs: who will win it this year? With extreme talent in every locker room, ever wondered who would make your perfect playoff team? Forget the actual rosters and injuries: here are some of my favorite player picks. Oh, the possibilities.

Goalie: Patrick Roy (Avalanche)
No doubt about it, his techniques are the most effective in the NHL. Roy has unbelievable moral strength, he's the best of the best.

Contenders: Martin Brodeur (Devils) for his great Olympic demonstration; Jose Theodore (Canadiens) for his excellent saving percentage of .939.

Center: Joe Sakic (Avalanche)
Although a lower production year, he still feeds his teammates with outstanding passes and gets them ready whenever he is on the ice. Magic hands.

Contenders: Peter Forsberg (Avalanche), for his bodychecking and scoring skills; Steve Yzerman (Red Wings), for his puck control ability. Same hands as Sakic's.

Left Wing: Simon Gagne (Flyers)
What do you want more? Speeding, scoring, or cooperation throughout an entire game? Hands mold in Sakic's and Yzerman's.

Contenders: Keith Tkachuk (Blues), for his physical element to a game (6'2", 225 pounds); Luc Robitaille (Red Wings), for his constancy in goal scoring.

Right Wing: Brett Hull (Red Wings)
Hull has a magnificent wrist shot, still considered a major threat today. Experienced, built, brings a boost when team energy is low. The works.

Contenders: Owen Nolan (Sharks), for his brilliant way to rock the opponent during a game; Ziggy Palffy (Kings), for his good defensive improvement.

Defense: Chris Pronger (Blues)
Pronger skates, shoots, scores, hits and knocks down any opponent on his path. First choice for a complete defenseman. Out-of-his-mind talented.

Contenders: Rob Blake (Avalanche), for his incredible striking/scoring forces; Nicklas Lindstrom (Red Wings), for his offensive power and discipline.

Many names could have been added to this lineup. Tastes and personal opinions vary from one individual to another, leading to heated arguments, comments, and discussions. Thousands of player combinations are possible. Picking your favorite NHL players for a real all-star game would be more than a high kick. Therefore, fantasy leagues exist so we can dream about who we would like to coach just for the thrill of it. Why would we want such a thing? Why not?

The playoffs atmosphere is something hockey fans cannot put aside. Who do they crave for? Sixteen good choices: Canucks or Bruins, Coyotes or Blues, Senators or Kings, Isles or Canes, Maple Leafs or Avs, Red Wings or Habs, Devils or Hawks, Flyers or Sharks. The Stanley Cup is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

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