2009-10 Prime Cuts (Part 4 of 5)

Dobber Sports

2010-04-27

 

Prime Cuts

 

The third annual Prime Cuts roster is here! Check out the Prime Cuts rosters from 2007-08 and 2008-09. The thinking process that goes in to selecting the team is similar to Pierre McGuire's "Monsters" for TSN (I promise that is the first and only time I will compare my thinking process to Pierre's). Since this is a fantasy hockey site, the selection process favours players that have had strong seasons on the score sheet, obviously. However, not just goals and assists are weighted – perhaps a player has started to shoot the puck more, or play better defensively. Intangibles like heart, grit, and determination factor in to the selection process as well. It is far and away my favourite article to write each year, and I hope you will all enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

 

Part 4 of the article series will name the top forward line.

 

 

Top Line

 

The first line: Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Sedin, and Martin St. Louis


Picking Alex Ovechkin as the top line left wing for the second straight season was probably the easiest roster decision I had to make. Ovechkin is a fantasy hockey monster – he scores a ton of goals, shoots the puck more than anyone, and plays the game with a nasty edge. He finished the 2009-10 season second in the league in goals (50), sixth in assists (59), second in points (109), first among forwards in plus-minus (45), third in game-winners (seven), and first in shots (368). He was fourth in ice-time among all forwards, and also had 89 penalty minutes, the most among the top 18 in league scoring. He also missed 10 games due to a few suspensions (which directly relate to the edge he plays with).

 

Ovechkin is a very polarizing figure for hockey fans. Those who love him defended him over the Brian Campbell hit. Those who hate him wanted a huge suspension. Some love his goal celebrations. Others think he is showing up the opposition. I'll admit, in the great Crosby/Ovechkin debate, I prefer Crosby. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy watching Ovechkin play. Both players are great for the league, and if it wasn't for a surprise Art Ross winner (more on that in a bit), they would have tied for first with 109 points (Crosby held