2.Pittsburgh. Don't see Philly taking the division, nor do I really see the Rangers winning it (YET), so I'll go with one of the best top 4 Ds in the conference. Even if Crosby doesn't return right away, Malkin will have a couple of real nice wingers to feed - finally. Neal will be a monstrous player this year IMO, Steve Sullivan and J.Staal perhaps? No matter, this team is tightly coached and ready to go.
3.Buffalo. I simply like their roster more than I like Boston's. Beautiful forward depth, nice three lines, plus effective 4th line. Miller is Miller, their D is rock solid. This is the beginning of good things for Sabres' fans.
4.Philly. Don't love what they did in the short term, but it looks pretty good for the next couple of years. B.Schenn has to do something though, not anything like 80 points, but he'll need to notch 40ish in the 3rd line C position. The main focuses are on Jagr and perhaps most importantly Jakob Voracek. If he crashes and burns, there will probably be an issue (although nothing like if Giroux crashes). They better gel quick though...
5.Boston. They'll be in the hunt for the NE title, but in the end, I'm not sure they have the horses to win after a ridiculously long year. Nice to have a kid like Seguin coming in, not too shabby, and the goalie in waiting is a great, young talent.
6.NY Rangers. I've liked this team for a while. Kreider may play this year, and if he does, he'll join Stepan, Dubinsky, Callahan and others that make up the lifeblood of this team. Besides Henrik Lundqvist, the most important players here are Girardi and Staal. Great duo.
7.NJ Devils. This was a team that had a truckload go wrong last year - and with Parise and Kovalchuk, you should be good to go. Better hope Brodeur stays healthy though...
8.TB. Tough decision here between Montreal, TB and Carolina, but I went for TB and coach Boucher. St.Louis is the key to this team. Not fond of the goaltending tandem. One old, one relatively inexperienced in taking over a team if need be (last year he was great though). In the end, it'll be St.Louis/Stamkos + Boucher that can lead this team to a playoff spot, but it'll be tough.
9.Montreal. Could easily take 8th. It literally ALL depends on Carey Price.
10.Carolina. I like this team a lot, but in the end, I think they barely miss this year. McBain, Skinner, Sutter...lots and lots of nice pieces to go with Staal, Ward, Jokinen (personal fav.), Ruutu.
EDIT: I changed Ottawa's position slightly after
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