Penguins and Red Wings Take Different Approaches to Building a Champion

Joseph GuntherContributor IJune 15, 2009

DETROIT - MAY 30:  Hall of Famers Gordie Howe (L) and Ted Lindsay (R) drop the ceremonial pucks to Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings before Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals Friday.

Last year, the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in six games to win the Cup.

It was the first time since the early 1990s that we saw a rematch in the Finals.

The two teams are very similar, with very good forwards that can put the puck in the net and defend their own zone, defensemen that protect the goal and know when to jump into the play, and goaltenders that can make the save when they need to.

The difference is how the two teams acquired its top players through the draft.

Click here or go to examiner.com for more on the the two teams draft success.