If there’s anything this year’s Stanley Cup Finals taught us, it’s that you don’t need to have every player on your team have tons of experience in Stanley Cup playoff hockey to win a championship. I’m not saying it doesn’t hurt to have it, but it’s something that may be a bit overstated. Fun Fact: no member of the Stanley Cup Championship Kings was even in the organization the last time the Kings won a playoff round. Most players on the Kings have played in the playoffs before this championship season, but when you start talking about past team’s that have won the Cup post-lockout they’ve won because the went on deep playoff runs the year before.
The 2011 Bruins won a few playoff rounds in the years leading up to their cup run and their core players had plenty of experience.
The 2010 Blackhawks won the cup after their deep conference finals run in 2009. That gave them all the experience they needed.
The 2009 Penguins won the cup after losing in the cup finals the year before to Detroit. They looked like a completely different team in 2009 then they did in 2008.
Even the 2008 Red Wings who’s key players had plenty of experience were ousted in the conference finals by eventual champion Anaheim Ducks the year prior.
The 2007 Anaheim Ducks lost out to the Edmonton Oilers in the conference finals the year before their championship season.
Ok, I’ll stop going down the list of team’s now but I think you get the point that all it takes is one deep playoff run a year or a couple years before and the team should be primed to win. I think the Rangers will learn a lot from this last season and hopefully they do as well as some of the team’s I listed. This past season I think was especially big for guys like Anisimov, Stepan, Mcdonagh, and Boyle who have never even won a playoff round before. Heck, I’m sure even Kreider was glad he was along for the ride.
It’s official, experience wise the Rangers have what it takes to win a championship.
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