skullman80 wrote:How "heavy" a team is seems to be the new "in" thing with broadcast teams and the league in general. I think it's pretty silly. I don't care if a guy is 150 or 250... I care if he can play hockey. You don't a team of all smurfs who way 150 lbs, or all guys who are 6'7 and way 265, but I think the emphasis put on how "heavy" a team is can be a bit much.
Ebbett whether is is 5'9 173, or 6'5 and 240.. still is a pretty "meh" at best hockey player. So I'm not sure why it matters.
The trendy use of the word "heavy", like "net front presence", is silly. Regardless, the issue of the size of a hockey team and the effects over the course of a season or playoff series is very real.
Obviously the size of any one player doesn't matter. The cumulative effect of being one of the smallest teams in the league, especially on the battlefield of a seven game series, does matter.
When Shero first arrived he said that he wanted to be tough to play against and then went and added grit and size to the skill he had been given and won a cup. Then, inexplicably, he began a downsizing of the roster that continues to this day with the recall of Ebbett. Why?