So "Friend of the Team" Sean Leahy put up a great post on Friday over at Puck Daddy where he laid out the roster for his ultimate all-time NHL dream team. I have to give Sean credit as he came up with a pretty solid team. And not too many people would have Kevin Stevens on their dream team, which is another credit to Sean's good taste.
Pleasantries aside, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to map out my own dream roster. So here we go!
Mario Lemieux - Ron Francis - Jaromir Jagr
Keith Tkachuk - Joe Sakic - Pavel Bure
Mike Bossy - Doug Gilmour - Maurice Richard
Bob Errey - Joel Otto - Gordie Howe
Scott Stevens - Bobby Orr
Second Defensive Pair
Doug Harvey - Paul Coffey
Third Defensive Pair
Larry Robinson - Larry Murphy
So there is my team in all it's glory. There were a few tough choices, but not too many. I really wanted to find a spot for Sidney Crosby on here, but I could not bring myself to drop Sakic or Gilmour to make room for him, and Joel Otto fills a very specific role for me that Sid would not. It took me a while to come to a decision on who was going to be my backup goalie. One of the things that makes a goalie great is that they always want to be the guy in net. Brodeur was clearly going to be my number one guy, so I needed someone who I thought could handle being the backup. That rules out a lot of history's greats. If I could add one more player in some kind of provisional spot it would be Scott Young. He was always one of my favorites (was firmly in my Top Five for a long time) and was also very versatile, which is never a bad thing.
By all means comment away on this and feel free to leave your own dream team in the comments as well. Tell me where I screwed up and tell me where I nabbed the right guy. Just spare me the "Where is the Great One?!?!?!" stuff. The guy is way overrated and never played enough D to get anywhere near my roster.