OK, great, so i've figured the standings i'm relatively happy with. and now, the mighty EAST!
Of course all this could change depending on who and if we get a player thru trade.Washington
I believe Neuvirth and Varlamov can do a fine job for Washington. And anyways the opposition has to get at least 3 goals in if they want to have a chance to win against the caps. Let’s face it this is one of the best offensive teams in the league. Will be interesting to see if they can be better defensively.Pittsburgh
Sydney Crosby can probably carry this team for years to come if he has to. Philly will come close to winning the conference but in the end I expect they’ll come on top. They may have lost Gonchar but the addition of very underrated Paul martin and sound defensive Z Mick will solidify this team more then they are credited. They may lack wingers but I’m sure they’ll find a way if they need to. Boston
Can the B’s have a worst year then last year? Probably not. They’ve got more fire power and their young forwards are a year older. Wheeler is gonna have a good year, Horton finaly has talent around him. “the Giant” is playing for a new contract…. Still the Sens could pass them by if “a certain trade” happens.Philadelphia
I think that Philly found a way to bond in the playoffs last year and I think they are the team everyone expected them to be last year. Mezaros is a question mark, but if he plays the second pairing that might suit him better. The PP will a big threat with 2 good units on D. question mark? Goaltending… seriously. I could see Philly making a trade half way thru the season to sort it out if a problem occurred. Simon Gagne gone? He barely played anyways
. I’m not looking forward to facing these guys in the regular season. (or the playoffs)
I have a feeling there’s a team spirit building within the Sens locker room, that 12 game winning streak (during a period of injuries) and the playoffs has galvanized this team more then analysts give credit for. I think this is due in parts to the approach from the GM and coaching staff. There’s something about management that seems to resonate and that’s “we believe in you and we trust you guys” “play hard and you’ll be rewarded” both very positive instead of some coaching methods that are negatively trying to work the players. That said I hope we have a team that finds a way to avoid injuries. Younger player that are poised to have a better year like Karlsson, Regin (he better) and Foligno (he has to). Plus there’s this trade coming…
IMO Leclaire will show everyone why he’s got a pay check that size. I loved his playoff performance and I’m ready to love his regular season. Hopefully we have a few surprises to help out coming from Bingo (Butler/Wick)New-Jersey
I’m very tempted to knock this team a few spots. Yes they have a lot of talent on a detheir forward top lines and cent top 4 D but Brodeur is bound to have a dung season any year now. NJ isn’t far from being the Calgary of the east. They traded away quite a few of their top prospects and picks and they’ve got only a few significant one left. The way lou’s dealing he’ll probably trade a few picks/prospects at the deadline in a final hail mary to win another cup. I liked the addition of arnott as he brings good leadership but in my book this team is sinking. A couple more years like this and they’ll have to look at being the ones trading for picks.Buffalo
Welcome to the Miller show. All rides on him for this team to be a playoff contender. I don’t think their forward group gets much credit but last year was a poor example of what they can do. Look for Pominville and Roy to have a better year. Defence: Myers is the name of the game in Buffalo. Leopold is a top 4 at best and I fear what might happen if he’ on the first D unit .rivet is aging and Montador is alright.
This makes up for a very “average” D. still, they could climb a few spots or fall a few spots. Injuries and Miller will tell the true story of this club. Atlanta
The thrash makes a return to the playoffs this year, in part thanks to kovalchuck . There’s no denying the pieces that went back in that trade. Furthering that approach, Atlanta acquired a number of strong players from Chicago. They have a strong group of forwards including a young Kane which will turn more heads this year. The back end is in good hands with Bogosian, Enstrom, Oduya and hainsey. And even further you have an amazing pavelec that showed he’s got what it takes to be number #1 and on the off days the thrash are secure with Chris Masson securing the fort.
Seriously, I could see this team ending up much higher then 8th. They could also be a playoff team for years to come. Something is finally going right in Atlanta... now that the Tzar is gone.
I was tempted to place Tampa in 8th (and dropping Buffalo in 9th) but having a closer look at this team the cracks began to show. For sure Tampa has an amazing top 6 on board, but a somewhat standard bottom 6 to round things out. They’ve got good defence with Kubina, Ohlund and a new year for V H, but the slope drops down fast after an acceptable Clark. I was really excited for this team when they signed Elis but then I started wondering. Elis, having played his career with a defensively sound team in Nashville will find his job a lot harder in Florida. I find Green and Ellis are even strength so who ever holds the fort probably makes no difference. Also I expect a drop in production with Downie this year.
They hold one advantage over most other team in the east. They’ll get to play the panthers and Carolina 8 games each.Montreal
If the Habs make it to 10th this year, they should count their lucky stars. I expect a full blown crumble in the hands of Price. They have some good D coming up the back but can they be effective stopping shots? Sure Hal Gil showed he could block shots in the playoffs, but this is a team that on a good night allows 50 shots on goal. They might as well tie a strainer to the net instead of price.
Also if they start on a losing streak the media/fans will burn the ship before it gets a chance to set sails.
No luck for this team of Smurfs as that stop sign might have spelt HALAK the Green light is now on sale (price... get it$?
Yep I figure the leafs will step it up this year. It’s hard to dispute the defence logjam they have. They might be short of a center and another top6 but for some reason if Burke thinks there’s an issue to be resolved during the season he that respect he’ll make a trade. I think bringing Giguere in might have the biggest impact with this team. Sure he lost his job in Anaheim but he could still be a #1 if need be. This is a healthy leafs team that upgraded from last year. In every respect. Don’t be fooled they’ll be in it and might scare into the playoffs.
I hate the Rangers, I hate Sather and I hate how this team builds and trades their prospects. This might be the year where all come crumbling down. If Lindqvist has a bad one and Gaborik gets injured there’s no telling what could happen. They have some good young players but a lot of over-paid shells.New York isles
On the right way up the ladder. Unfortunately this team is paying for players that don’t play(yashin/dipietro) maybe the latter makes it this year. Too young of a team to get anything serious going still the experience will be good. Will be interesting to see if Moulson can repeat.
Hang in there MR. Weight!Carolina
Apart from E Stall this team has a few good 2nd liners. There’s a rebuild going on here, be patient Carolina you’ll be back on top within a few years. Cole will be dealt(again) at the deadline and so could Samsonov. My bet is they hold on to Jussi.Florida
Tallon’s got his work cut-out. I think he plans on doing a repeat of last year and acquiring as many draft picks as possible this year. Heck, the number 1 overall isn’t a bad deal. Too bad this team will be relocated before they see the results. Too bad the few talents they’ll want to remain will live thru the next few years in this. Weiss will be gone in 3 years and booth is already regretting such a long contract. I hope the sand and the beer is enjoyable enough to watch the playoffs from TV.