Strong foundation, star talent, depth competency, and control of the blue line, the playing field (defining conditions).

"We understand the core tenets of what differentiates a team to the upside: strong goaltending, star talent, depth competency, and a blueline that can play both ways are all staples of modern contenders. If you check three of those boxes, you are a Cup contender. Four? You’re the odds-on favourite." - Travis Yost, TSN Hockey Analyst.

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