Yeah, i think it would be either Houston, quebec or seattle's time next year, especially with saint patrick being drafted to seattle...Makes sense that the Blues would go back to back but I don’t think they’ll have an Oilers like domination of the 80s since the talent is a lot more spread out ITTL.
I do wonder what Gretzky is doing for American hockey being in the spotlight there from the beginning.
St. Louis is not that big of a market, right? Still, with our national TV Deal with CBS, i do believe gretzky Would be more visible to americans, especially with that epic rivalry against houston and Guy Carbonneau, As it appears...was carbonneau that good offensively? Cause i always remembered him as a Defensive Center...a gretzky-messier-lemieux three way rivalry would also be godlike. Really, A good TV Deal to showcase your big stars is key to growing the product, along with relative parity compared to OTL. The NBA in the 70s wasthe only time that league had any real parity, yet they had terrible TV Deals and next to no coverage on sports news networks and magazines.