Changing of the guard: Small skill reigning tall in the new NHL

Johnny Gaudreau and Brad Marchand pose for a picture at the All Star Game in Columbus

The NHL has a longstanding reputation of being a tough league. Players were always lauded for their size, grit and toughness. A set of grinders was seen as an essential part of every team’s lineup, despite their ability to actually play the game of hockey. If they generated a fight, that was a roster spot…