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Blue Chip/Red Chip Players


In football, the number of blue chip and red chip players can help determine a team's success. Is there a hockey equivalent of this rating system? Or can the definitions of blue chip/red chip players be applied?

According to nfl.com, the best players are defined by the following parameters:

Definition of a blue-chip player

» Player demonstrates rare abilities and can create mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game
» Is a premier player in the league and a weapon on the field
» Combines competitiveness and skill to have a consistent championship-level performance
» Rates in the top five at his position in the league

Definition of a red-chip player
» Player has abilities that can create mismatches vs. most opponents in the league
» Is a featured player on the team and has impact on the outcome of the game
» Player can't be taken out of the game in one-on-one matchup
» Has a consistent level of performance each week
» Plays at a championship level performance
» Rates in the top 10 at his position in the league

With a few tweaks (ice instead of field, each week to each game), I think these definitions can be applied to hockey. For football teams, having at least 3 or 4 BC players/coaches, with at least one in a key position (quarterback usually), and a mix of RC is enough to get to or win a championship.

Do the Flyers have enough blue chip and red chip players to win a championship?

Blue Chip

- Claude Giroux

- Chris Pronger (when healthy)

Red Chip

- Kimmo Timonen

- Danny Briere

- Ilya Bryzgalov

- Scott Hartnell

- Braydon Coburn (maybe)

Am I missing someone here? I think both Schenns' have a shot at red, if not blue for Brayden. Couturier and Voracek too. Weber would be an immediate blue chip here.

What do you all think?

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