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  1. This is definitely true. Pat LaFontaine is THE WORST at kicking the puck after a beautiful pass. Here's my list of worst puck kickers. Wondering if anybody agrees or has more: LaFontaine Granato Larmer Oates Geoff and Russ Courtnall LeBeau Sundin Dineen Others seem to always catch the puck no matter what: Sandstrom LeMagnifque Gretzky Bob Errey Brett Hull Broten Roenick Richer Turgeon Gilmour Sakic
  2. TB should not be on this list. Islanders, Pens, Devils, and Caps are worse
  3. The best defensive team in the game. Oates-Juneau-Donato line is lethal with Ted covering for Borque and Sweeney covering for Oates, they are tough on defense. A little weak up the middle with Juneau being more offense minded, the other 4 are very defensive minded and more than make up for Joe. Oates can dish the puck all over the ice and Juneau is average at setting up and sniping one-timers but he makes the ones he should make and is very steady overall. Donato can chip in with mid range slappers and quick passes to Oates who seems to always set up right next to the net for slam dunks. Borque and Juneau can also rip slappers from the right and Oates, Juneau and sometimes Sweeney can balance out the left wing rushes and slap shots. Moog is Top 7 material which rounds out a very defensively minded line up can that light the lamp with the better teams in the league
  4. I am very surprised nobody has mentioned Ken Sutton as the 2nd defender on this loaded team. Ken Sutton 8 weight, 2/2 skating, 2/4 awareness, 2/2 shot, 1/3 sth/pass. He's reduced to poke checking and holding on defense but he's always in sound position to get in the way and hold the action up for a screaming LaFontaine to dump truck anybody on that side of the ice. When he does get the puck, he's adept at accurately passing the puck up to a darting Mogilny or LaLa. Ledyard's plus skating makes him appealing but at 2/3 awareness, I can't get him to consistently be in position to make a play. That's all you really need from the #2 defender on this loaded team. I also let 10 ride the pine and use Khymlev to pound slappers from the LW and use MoMo and LaLa to deke the lights out and set each other up for slam dunks. Fuhr is a beast and having Sutton plopped right in front of him at all times is pretty nice. Khymlev also tends to hang back on D when you aren't letting it fly from the top of the circle so that helps slow the opposing rush as well. Khymlev-Mo-La Svoboda-Sutton
  5. I think it's the 4/3 awareness more than anything. He and Housley always seem to be racing back to their zone and it takes great skill to get them harnessed in to make a play.
  6. When you add the goalie into the mix, you get these rankings: T-1. Boston---Sweeney and Borque form the best defensive tandem and Moog is solid, especially in MC T-1. Montreal---down the list on D pairing, Roy puts the total defense back at the Top of the list T-1. Chicago---Belfour and Chelios are the cream of the crop while Smith eats all the cream and the crops. T-4. Buffalo---Svoboda is a Top 10 Dman with plus skating and checking ability galore. Ledyard is ok, he has games where he cluelessly wanders around the ice. Fuhr is the 3rd best goalie in the game. They would be in that tie for 1st with a decent #2 defenseman T-4. Edmonton---Manson and Kravchuk form a quick, heady duo in front of the very solid Ranford 6. Calgary--Suter is World class in skating and IQ, while Macinnis is fast but fails to play defense on most occasions. Musil or Dahlquist will cure that ailment and allow Vernon to be serviceable 7. Winnipeg---Teppo is among the best at positioning himself in his zone, while Essensa is very solid, especially in MC. Housley is agile and fast with perfect passing and stick handling. He's also listed as a defenseman, which is about the only time you'll hear the word defense when you play with him. 8. Hartford---I was tempted to put them at #7, but Burke isn't as good as Essensa and Burt really doesn't impress me. I usually leave Weinrich in. ZZ is an excellent skater and plays defense 1st. 9. Rangers---Lowe and Leetch are on the higher end of pairings IMO, Beezer and Richter are on the lower end of tenders 10. Devils---Stevens rivals Borque for AI intelligence and checking and Terrieri is a solid MC keeper but Slava rarely starts and when he does he gets roasted all over the ice with his fat slow self Again, I'm only taking into account the teams defensive prowess and not the offensive abilities of the defenseman.
  7. I love the Premium tip. I did a little investigating and 10 teams have a combo that meets Premium's requirements Boston---Borque has 4/6 awareness and both he and Sweeney are 4 or better agility. Easily the best combo in the league Calgary---Both Suter and Macinnis qualify skating wise and Suter sports 4/5 awareness. Frank Musil also qualifies at 4/4 skating and 2/3 awareness. I personally like Dahlquist and his 3/3 skating and 1/4 awareness. He and Teppo seem to guard the net better than anybody in the game Buffalo--Svoboda is a 4/4 skater with 3/4 awareness but does a much better job of playing defense than the similarly rated Alexei Zhitnik. Grant Ledyard barely qualifies at 4/3 skating and 2/3 awareness Montreal--DesJardins and Daigneault both have 4 agility and JJ sports a 2/4 awareness. Most don't use this combo. No other MTL combo qualifies. Winnipeg--Teppo is 3/5 awareness and both he and Housley sport 4+ agility. They don't really mesh well together even though Teppo is high on my list of defensive dmen Edmonton--The surprise team on the list. Manson and Kravchuck both have 4 agility and Manson has 4/5 awareness. My personal favorite tandem. For whatever reason, these two play together better than any other combo in the game IMO Hartford--Another surprise team, they barely qualify with Burt and ZZ both 4 or above agility and Burt with his 2/3 awareness. They are also the only team that both defenders have plus awareness and 4 or better agility with ZZ and his 4/5 awareness. Burt hardly qualifies as a defensive minded dman IMO. He gets lost out there sometimes and I don't believe 2/3 awareness should qualify anyways for this exercise. NYR---Lowe combined with Leetch or Patrick...ok, so Lowe and Leetch. They both have 4 agility and Lowe sports a 2/4 awareness New Jersey---Stevens and Slava Fetisov, although Slava has 4/2 skating and 2/4 awareness so he barely qualifies Chicago also qualifies with Chelios and Smith. Chelios is 4/6 awareness. And both have 4 or above agility but most people sub Smith in favor of Russell which takes them out
  8. That was pretty much my point for a "noob" like me. I'm sure the pros have no trouble harnessing his speed and getting him into position when he makes one of his many up ice excursions. He would be a must play for me on a team like MTL, STL, HFD, PHI, or TOR. Can you imagine the damage he would do on TOR or MTL?? You know what they say though...If "ifs" were "5ths" we'd all be drunk.
  9. Been playing a lot with these guys and really like Todd. He seems to cash on more chances than his 2/3 shot says he should. Could it be the vaunted "long stick" that goes along with 3/4 skating? Whatever it is, he seems to pot a ton of chances inside the circles and provides a nice balance with Simpson sniping on the left. Both wings have 4 speed and Klima is a world beater at C with 5/5 skating and 4/5 shot. His 5sth seems to offset his 7 weight as he controls the puck nicely and is a joy to handle. He's not out of control like the 6/6 skating Mogilny for a novice like me. I've messed around with Todd-Simpson-Klima and it's a nice change of pace for a period or so to catch the opponent off guard with Simpson in the middle, who seems to really set up well and snipe one-timers. You also attack more from the right and become better defensively on the left which has its advantages. On defense, while a little heavy, both guys sport 4 agility and great awareness. Premium once said "make sure both dmen have 4 agility and make sure one has 2/3, 2/4, 3/5, 4/5, or 4/6 awareness". Manson answers the bell with 3/5 awareness, 4/4 skating, and he can fire a few howitzers a game wth his 5/1 shot. Kravchuck isn't quite as good but his 3/4 awareness, 4/3 skating, and 4/3 sth/pass are serviceable and he can pot a few chances with 3/2 shooting. Richardson is a defense 1st wrecking ball with good skating and puck skills. At 11 weight, 4 chk and 4 agr, he mashes in CPU mode and dominates the CB checking game. Ranford is sneaky good! I personally put him as the #4 auto goalie in the game behind Roy, Belfour, and Fuhr. Just slightly ahead of Potvin and Soderstrom. There isn't much depth on the team, especially on defense. Offensively, Elik, Weight, and Ciger are steady (Elik has the 3/4 skating and seems to sport the "long stick" but at 2 shot power, he doesn't seem to score as well as Todd). Weight is as vanilla as they come but at 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/3 shooting, and 3/4 awareness, he can contribute and is the 1st off the bench for me. Carson is interesting with the way he plays. With his 4/4 skating, 4 chk, and 9 weight, he lays people OUT in AI mode and with the CB check. He also tends to get back on D quickly with his 3/4 awareness. But as AJ pointed out, he's not a great shooter and he's a cream puff with the puck on his stick. If he could at least shoot, he might push Todd to the bench but he can't so he becomes my 2nd option off the bench followed by Elik then Ciger Bottom line: Todd is better offensively than advertised. Simpson, while heavy, can snipe the biscuit, and Klima is as good as anybody over 6 weight. Defensively they are quick and smart which forms a nice wall of protection in front of the Top 5 talents of Ranford. These guys are actually really good!
  10. I'm going to try that. I love these discussions. Greatest video game of all time
  11. Coffey is incredible if you choose to add him to the offensive mix, my only point is that will all the firepower up front for DET, you can make a stingy defense with Vlad and Nick and let the forwards do the offensive damage.
  12. You guys are superior skaters compared to what I can accomplish so maybe you can control Coffey better and avoid getting knocked on your ass. I suppose that makes up for his porous D but not for me. I love knowing Vlad and Nick will be waiting in front of the net if my opponent swipes a pass or gets a clean rebound and heads up ice. In those instances Coffey usually comes flying down the ice and over skates the play. Coffey would be incredible on a team like MTL, TOR, STL or QUE where they need the speed, but on Detroit I have to agree with AJ and stick Coffey on the bench
  13. I think that was the Miller Lite talking last night. Dino is not JR, but I like him better than other lightweight forwards like Gretzky, Fleury, LaFontaine, Bradley, Bure, Ronning, and Gilmour because of that incredible 5/5 shot. He's a beast Coffey best Dman in the league? Obviously I respect your opinion being a veteran but he's not even the best Offensive defender in the game IMHO. Borque and Housley are better offensively. Coffey can't shoot, he doesn't play D, and he's a fatty. He reminds me of a slightly upgraded Zarley Zalapski, which isn't bad but when you have the offensive firepower of Detroit, I want my Defense staying back and protecting the net, not flying up ice at 212lbs trying to be a playmakers. At least Zarley and Borque get back on D, something Coffey and Housley can't master in this game. Housley is light, which gives him an edge over 77. Maybe you can open my eyes to what I'm missing with Coffey but he's just a fast fatty with puck skills that can't shoot and refuses to stay in his own zone
  14. I'm all for putting Drake at RW and letting him play D with Vlad and Nick (btw, Vladimir Konstantov is a righty, not a lefty as indicated). Dino is one of the most dangerous wings in the game at 180 lbs and 5/5 shooting with 4/5 skating. He is the BEST 2 way winger in the game IMHO. Yzerman is the perfect center and the other 3 play defense while Drake isn't helpless on offense with D focused on 19 and 22. This team is perfect. No flaws. So good they sit Coffey and they are even better. Chicago can't hang
  15. I personally think the QUE Defense is rated too low. 7 & 28 work very well together back there and provide a little CB checking when you need it. I think they are worth 5.5-6.0. I slide Kovalenko in the middle flanked by Sundin and Sakic and they really play defense! Maybe it's just "The Terminator" roaming the entire ice, but I find Curtis and Steve stay back and plant themselves in front of the net nicely, now Hextall on the other hand.....ugh. He's the most inconsistent keeper in the game. He literally stands on his head for periods at a time and then he will give up 5 goals in one period out of nowhere!! The key to this team is sliding Kovalenko and his ok 3/4 shooting and skating into the middle and let Sundin and Sakic drop bombs with their potent slappers. The only issue I've found is when playing a team like VAN or DAL that just has too much speed, but this lineup ices FIVE 4spd skaters, a 164lb MONSTER, 2 very talented 4/4 skating 4/5 shooting wings and 2 talented D men that can both score(4/2 and 2/3 shooting)and move the puck up the ice (4 & 3 passing) with speed (4/4 and 3/4). Too bad Mats Sundin isn't a little bit lighter or a hair faster because he ends up being the weak link at 4spd and 196 pounds but this a solid team and I'm surprised they don't have a better winning % in Classic. I'm guessing it's only because they are missing that extra touch of speed, the vanilla defense, or the streaky tender. It looks like most owners go with Gusarov over Lechyshyn and maybe that's why people have issues with their wonky AI. Just wondering if anybody else has tried the original starting pair with Kovalenko at C. Also wondering if I'm the only one that wishes they had the youngster Peter Forsberg on the roster! He was a BA but might have suffered from the weight bug being well over 200lbs
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