Do the San Jose Sharks Lack Stanley Cup Swagger?

May 29th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

In order to win the Stanley Cup, a hockey team needs a lot of things: a formidable offense, a stifling defense and penalty kill, a dangerous power play, a stingy goalie, scoring depth, mental and physical toughness, and a variety of intangibles.

Chief among these intangibles is that brash and at times even arrogant confidence commonly referred to as swagger.

Look at nearly every Stanley Cup Champion team. Whether it be manifested in a few key players, or up and down the entire roster, all of them possess this quality in one way or another.

The Red Wings fancy themselves as the NHL's version of the New York Yankees (ironic in that they own 13 fewer titles than the Montreal Canadiens), and play as though the Cup is theirs for the taking every season.

In recent years, brash young players such as Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews have exuded a similar attitude, carrying themselves as though hoisting the Cup at a young age is part of their birthright.

It worked for Crosby, and may just work out for Toews this season.

But where is that confidence and swagger o ...

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