The NHL is loaded with parity. Is it good? Overall I would say yes. Knowing 'your team' can become competitive again in a short time frame is good. But … so much parity that the regular season is rendered meaningless is not that good in my opinion.The league had only 2 50 goal scorers. But … if your measure as elite a player that scores over 30 (35?) and / or 70 points. Well, there were 45 players that scored 30 goals or more (25 with 35 plus). All but 6 teams (MIN, NJD, LAK, ANA, ARI) had one of those guys (Ottawa traded theirs, but … it counts). One of those teams is still playing (NYI). 55 players had 70 points. There is a lot of 'elite' talent right now, and the spread between the 'very top players' and the '... routine elite' just isn't as huge as it may have once been.
Do you need (or want) an elite guy? Especially in a cap era.Teams left playing - 8 of 31 for 25.8%Top 10 goal scorers left - 2 (20%) McKinnon, AtkinsonTop 10 Point guys left - 2 (20%) McKinnon, MarchandTop 10 +/- guys left - 2 (20%) Teravainen, PesceTop 10 Goaltenders (sv% min 40 games) - 3 (30%) Bishop 0.934, Lehner 0.930, Mrazek 0.914 Lower this to 35 games and a few more guys come on, but … not the starters Greiss, Halak, Khudobin. Maybe the takehome here is quality back up and rest.
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