Depth is a great factor for any coach in the NHL.
When a coach has the depth to roll out four solid lines and three pairs of defensemen, he doesn't have to go into his bag of tricks to survive a game, a season or playoff series.
Over the course of a standard 82-game season, every team will face injuries and attrition. When a coach can tap a player on his bench to step in and take the place of a regular and get a solid performance, that's going to increase the chances of coming out with a victory in a key game.
Both the Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins, the last two Stanley Cup champions, depended on their depth to help them gain their respective championships.
Here's a look at the six teams with the greatest depth in the league.