Originally Posted by Boston Garden
This has been overblown IMO, the West still has some very willing fighters. Maybe not the caliber that some of the Eastern teams can trot out there on a given night. However, it seems like a good chunk of the East firepower either sits in the press box, or play occasionally at best anyways. (Shelley,Boulton) or they have seemingly lost the passion to fight consistently..or due to coaching (Westgarth,Asham,Janssen (sent to minors) It's more of a league problem than an East or West problem to me.
I haven't done the math, but I'd bet the number of fights in the East and West aren't that far off.
I listed McGrattan and he's stuck in the pressbox so I think this is fair. Also not interested in non-heavy fight totals for this exercise
Superheavyweights only out east:
Talking heavyweights only the east has:
(when he does fight)
Might be forgetting some
Not even counting the Erskine's, Neil's I counted out west or the Crombeen's Asham's etc.
Maybe Matt Kassian
as well with the heavy's but has to be claimed first.
So no, the west and east aren't even close this year.If I list every Neil or Erskine like I did out west the list is much longer, as it will be if Kassian is claimed out east.