glen a richter wrote:
The difference maker in this series is the number of ex-Blues. Naturally Shattenkirk, Oshie and Eller will hoist the Cup first.
I'm off track here but your post reminds me of the ex-Cubs factor. Ever hear of it? It was a legend here in Chicago - basically the 2 teams in the World Series that had the most ex-Cubs lost the series. Someone actually researched it (Mike Royko) and it was correct in like 65 out of 67 years of World Series in which the losing team had 3 or more ex-Cubs. I know it doesn't apply to ex-Blues players but I thought I'd interject it here cause I always found the ex-Cubs factor to be one of those strange things that I was sad about but also amused by.
Actually, a bunch of ex-Blues have won Stanley Cups. You might be on to something.
Hull, Shanahan, Pronger, Joe Mullen, Doug Gilmour, Rob Ramage, Rick Wamsley, Ric Nattress, Scott Stevens, Ian Cole, and the list goes on and on... Do I have to mention the 4 coaches who won Stanley Cups after they left St Louis (Bowman, Arbour, Demers, and Quenneville) or Glen Sather who won as coach with Edmonton and is a former Blues player. Last season, both Stanley Cup finalists had former Blues players - Cole for the Penguins and Polak for San Jose. Once the 2016 Conference Finals hit, a Blues or ex-Blues player was guaranteed to reach the Finals, because Bishop was playing for Tampa.
Following this theory, the Rangers, Senators, Ducks and Predators are screwed - unless Nashville recalls Brad Hunt, then they have a chance.