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#41 dudacek

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:28 PM

Montreal should suck but I can't confidently say that about a team with Claude Julien and Carey Price.

Nashville will disappoint somewhat in the regular season, but still be good.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

Josi just named captain of Nashville. 



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 12:41 PM

Montreal should suck but I can't confidently say that about a team with Claude Julien and Carey Price.
Nashville will disappoint somewhat in the regular season, but still be good.


It's 100% on Price in Montreal. If healthy we get the Habs of las season. If not, we get the zeppelin crash that was the year before. Either way, if they win a playoff series I'll be amazed.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:32 PM

New JerseDevils

Record last season: 28-40-14, 70 Points, 8th in the Metro

Playoffs: None

Coach: John Hynes

GM: Ray Shero

Captain: Andy Greene

GF: 180 (28th)
GA: 241 (25th)
PP: 17.5% (22nd)
PK: 79.6% (23rd)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Kyle Palmieri (26)

2.) Taylor Hall (20)

3.) Adam Henrique (20)

4.) Travis Zajac (14)

5.) P.A. Parenteau (13)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Taylor Hall (33)
2.) Travis Zajac (31)

3.) Damon Severson (28)

4.) Kyle Palmieri (27)

5.) Mike Cammalleri (21)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Taylor Hall (53)

2.) Kyle Palmieri (53)

3.) Travis Zajac (45)

4.) Adam Henrique (40)

5.) Damon Severson (31)

 

Key Additions: Nico Hischier ©, Marcus Johansson (RW), Brian Boyle ©, Mirco Mueller (D), Drew Stafford (RW)
Key Losses: Mike Cammalleri (LW), Jon Merrill (D), Devante Smith-Pelly (RW), Beau Bennett (RW)

 

Projected Lineup:

Taylor Hall - Marcus Johansson (don't ask me, ask hfboards) - Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha - Adam Henrique - Drew Stafford

John Quenneville - Nico Hischier - Blake Speers

Miles Wood - Brian Boyle - Stefan Noesen
Zajac hurt

 

Andy Greene - Damon Severson

John Moore - Will Butcher (eh)

Mirco Mueller - Ben Lovejoy

 

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

 

Prospects:

Nico Hischier, C, 1st overall 2017

Michael McLeod, C, 12th overall 2016

Mirco Mueller, D, traded for from SJ. 

Jesper Boqvist, RW, 2nd round 2017

John Quenneville, C, 1st rounder 2014

 

My thoughts:

Jersey is probably in for another rough year that wastes Cory Schneider's prime, but the long-term outlook is considerably brighter with Nico in the picture and with young McLeod developing solidly. I have no idea what to expect from them other than they'll likely be bottom 2 or 3 in their division. 



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:47 AM

New YorIslanders

Record last season: 41-29-12, 94 points, 5th in the Metro

Playoffs: None

Coach: Doug Weight

GM: Garth Snow

Captain: JohnTavares

GF: 239 (10th)
GA: 238 (23rd)
PP: 14.9% (28th)
PK: 81.9% (11th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Anders Lee (34)

2.) John Tavares (28)

3.) Andrew Ladd (23)

4.) Brock Nelson (20)

5.) Jason Chimera (20)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Josh Bailey (43)

2.) John Tavares (38)

3.) Nick Leddy (35)

4.) Brock Nelson (25)

5.) Calvin de Haan (20)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) John Tavares (66)

2.) Josh Bailey (56)

3.) Anders Lee (52)

4.) Nick Leddy (46)

5.) Brock Nelson (45)

 

Key Additions: Jordan Eberle (RW)
Key Losses: Travis Hamonic (D), Ryan Strome ©, Mikhail Grabovski ©, JF Berube (G)

 

Projected Lineup:

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd - Mathew Barzal - Josh Bailey

Brock Nelson - Anthony Beauvillier - Josh Ho-Sang

Nikolay Kulemin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

 

Nick Leddy - Ryan Pulock 

Calvin de Haan - Johnny Boychuk 

Thomas Hickey - Adam Pelech

 

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

 

Prospects:

Mathew Barzal, C, first rounder 2015.

Kieffer Bellows, LW, 1st rounder 2016.

Ilya Sorokin, G, 3rd round 2014. 
Michael Dal Colle, LW, 5th overall 2014.

Ryan Pulock, D, 1st round 2013. 
Joshua Ho-Sang, super skilled and super enigmatic, 1st round 2014.

 

My thoughts:

This is a critical season for the franchise. It's possible that Eberle meshes very well, their defense doesn't miss Hamonic, the goaltending gets sorted out and a real coach gets them into the playoffs and past round one, prompting Tavares to stay. They could fall apart in an empty barn with some horrible contracts and have their franchise leave July 1st, 2018. Josh Ho-Sang could flame out of the league or could find a way to translate his skill and be a Calder candidate. Mathew Barzal, the same thing. Will be a very interesting team to watch going forward. 



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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:05 AM

New YorRangers

Record last season: 48-28-6, 102 Points, 4th in the Metro

Playoffs: Lost to Senators in game 7 of round 2

Coach: Alain Vigneault

GM: Jeff Gorton

Captain: Ryan McDonagh

GF: 235 (4th)
GA: 216 (13th)
PP: 20.2% (11th)
PK: 79.8% (19th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Chris Kreider (28)

2.) Michael Grabner (27)

3.) Rick Nash (23)

4.) JT Miller (22)

5.) Derek Stepan (17)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Mats Zuccarello (44)

2.) Derek Stepan (38)

3.) Ryan McDonagh (36)

4.) JT Miller (34)

5.) Brady Skjei (34)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Mats Zuccarello (59)

2.) JT Miller (56)

3.) Derek Stepan (55)

4.) Chris Kreider (53)

5.) Kevin Hayes (49)

 

Key Additions: David Desharnais ©, Kevin Shattenkirk (D), Anthony DeAngelo (D), Ondrej Pavelec (G)
Key Losses: Derek Stepan ©, Antti Raanta (G), Dan Girardi (D), Oscar Lindberg ©, Brandon Pirri ©, Kevin Klein (D), Adam Clendening (D)

 

Projected Lineup:

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

JT Miller - Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello 

Jimmy Vesey - Lias Andersson - Rick Nash 

Jesper Fast - David Desharnais - Michael Grabner

 

Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei - Brendan Smith 

Marc Staal - Nick Holden

 

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

 

Prospects:

Lias Andersson, C, the Rangers' highest pick in many years from this past draft. They think he's NHL ready, I guess. Two-way guy.

Igor Shesterkin, G, 118th overall 2014. 

Anthony DeAngelo, D, may or may not be a major jerk

Adam Huska, G

Filip Chytil, C, their other first rounder from this year. Rangers using first rounders?? What universe is this??

 

My thoughts:

Everyone (especially me) picks these guys to disappoint and finally crumble every single year, and every single year we're wrong. I really like AV, he's had success coaching very different teams. Their defense isn't very deep but doesn't look bad at all if Holden shows that last year wasn't a fluke. I really like Brady Skjei. Shattenkirk will be interesting in that system. The big thing that sticks out to me is the Rangers' forward depth. I mean, it's debatable that David Desharnais, a legitimate NHL 3rd liner, is their worst forward. They don't have a lot of top end guys but they have 9-10 second liners, it seems. I love Pavel Buchnevich and he's going to break out this year if he can stay healthy. Zibanejad is looking good too, and he has to be since their center depth took a hit losing Stepan. These guys are slowly getting younger without missing a beat, I wouldn't be surprised at all with another ECF appearance. Could just miss the playoffs too, but I'm not getting burned on that for the sixth year in a row so I won't predict it. Lundqvist is definitely back to earth now, they'll need his replacement sooner rather than later.



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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

All three big apple teams seem to carry the same rep every year, whether it's deserved or not. I see three teams that are all going to need growth from kids to make the playoffs. I like Vigneault too, but they are going to need Henrik to be the king.
They are also teams the Sabres need to be better than, and can be better than.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:22 AM

New JerseDevils
Record last season: 28-40-14, 70 Points, 8th in the Metro
Playoffs: None
Coach: John Hynes
GM: Ray Shero
Captain: Andy Greene
GF: 180 (28th)
GA: 241 (25th)
PP: 17.5% (22nd)
PK: 79.6% (23rd)

 
Top 5 G:
1.) Kyle Palmieri (26)
2.) Taylor Hall (20)
3.) Adam Henrique (20)
4.) Travis Zajac (14)
5.) P.A. Parenteau (13)
 
Top 5A:
1.) Taylor Hall (33)
2.) Travis Zajac (31)
3.) Damon Severson (28)
4.) Kyle Palmieri (27)
5.) Mike Cammalleri (21)
 
Top 5 PTS:
1.) Taylor Hall (53)
2.) Kyle Palmieri (53)
3.) Travis Zajac (45)
4.) Adam Henrique (40)
5.) Damon Severson (31)
 
Key Additions: Nico Hischier ©, Marcus Johansson (RW), Brian Boyle ©, Mirco Mueller (D), Drew Stafford (RW)Key Losses: Mike Cammalleri (LW), Jon Merrill (D), Devante Smith-Pelly (RW), Beau Bennett (RW)
 
Projected Lineup:
Taylor Hall - Marcus Johansson (don't ask me, ask hfboards) - Kyle Palmieri
Pavel Zacha - Adam Henrique - Drew Stafford
John Quenneville - Nico Hischier - Blake Speers
Miles Wood - Brian Boyle - Stefan Noesen
Zajac hurt
 
Andy Greene - Damon Severson
John Moore - Will Butcher (eh)
Mirco Mueller - Ben Lovejoy
 
Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid
 
Prospects:
Nico Hischier, C, 1st overall 2017
Michael McLeod, C, 12th overall 2016
Mirco Mueller, D, traded for from SJ. 
Jesper Boqvist, RW, 2nd round 2017
John Quenneville, C, 1st rounder 2014
 
My thoughts:
Jersey is probably in for another rough year that wastes Cory Schneider's prime, but the long-term outlook is considerably brighter with Nico in the picture and with young McLeod developing solidly. I have no idea what to expect from them other than they'll likely be bottom 2 or 3 in their division.

You left out Santini on D, called up late last year and played a bunch games. Hear Devil high on him and played as a D partner with Butcher previously...

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:25 AM

You left out Santini on D, called up late last year and played a bunch games. Hear Devil high on him and played as a D partner with Butcher previously...

Perhaps - I use a hfboards thread where they got fans to sort of organize their lineups for everyone to see. 



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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:28 AM

yeh he sort of flies under the Radar, but was first D call up and really good skater.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:51 AM

OttawSenators

Record last season: 44-28-10, 98 Points, 2nd in Atlantic

Playoffs: Lost to Pittsburgh, Game 7 ECF

Coach: Guy Boucher

GM: Pierre Dorion

Captain: Erik Karlsson

GF: 206 (22nd)
GA: 2160 (10th)
PP: 17.0% (23rd)
PK: 79.7% (22nd)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Kyle Turris (27)

2.) Mike Hoffman (26)

3.) Mark Stone (22)

4.) Erik Karlsson (17)

5.) Zack Smith (16)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Erik Karlsson (54)

2.) Mike Hoffman (35)
3.) Mark Stone (32)

4.) Kyle Turris (28)

5.) Derick Brassard (25)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Erik Karlsson (71)

2.) Mike Hoffman (61)

3.) Kyle Turris (55)

4.) Mark Stone (54)

5.) Derick Brassard (39)

 

Key Additions: Nate Thompson ©, Johnny Oduya (D)
Key Losses: Marc Methot (D), Tommy Wingels (LW)

 

Projected Lineup:

Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Zack Smith

Bobby Ryan - JG Pageau - Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel - Logan Brown - Alexandre Burrows

Max McCormick - Nate Thompson - Tom Pyatt

Injured: Brassard, Colin White

 

Thomas Chabot - Dion Phaneuf 

Fredrick Claesson - Cody Ceci

Johnny Oduya - Chris Wideman

Injured: Karlsson 

 

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

 

Prospects:

Thomas Chabot, D, one of the best prospects in the world right now, top pairing 1D potential. 1st round 2015

Colin White, C, very solid center prospect, also taken round 1 2015

Logan Brown, C, 1st round 2016

Shane Bowers, C, 1st round 2017

Nick Paul, LW, 4rth round 2013

 

My thoughts:

Ottawa overperformed their mediocre metrics, which is always a cause for concern. They also have to start the season without EK likely, and without Brassard and White, who is very promising and was going to make the team. I don't expect them to replicate their success. The forward corps looks very weak, and outside of EK the defense is average or even below average. Long term with a developed Chabot next to EK that looks to be a much stronger group (Ceci is pretty good and they're high on Claesson). Need an elite forward or two to truly contend year in and year out, not sure where they're going to get them.



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:46 PM

Ottawa is another bubble team we can and need to pass.

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

PhiladelphiFlyers

Record last season: 39-33-10, 88 Points, 6th in the Metro

Playoffs: None

Coach: Dave Hakstol

GM: Ron Hextall

Captain: Claude Giroux

GF: 212 (21st)
GA: 231 (19th)
PP: 19.5% (14th)
PK: 79.8% (21st)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Wayne Simmonds (31)

2.) Brayden Schenn (25)

3.) Jakub Voracek (20)

4.) Claude Giroux (14)

5.) Sean Couturier (14)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Claude Giroux (44)

2.) Jakub Voracek (41)

3.) Shayne Gostisbehere (32)

4.) Brayden Schenn (30)

5.) Ivan Provorov (24)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Jakub Voracek (61)

2.) Claude Giroux (58)

3.) Brayden Schenn (55)

4.) Wayne Simmonds (54)

5.) Shayne Gostisbehere (39)

 

Key Additions: Nolan Patrick ©, Jori Lehtera ©, Brian Elliot (G)
Key Losses: Brayden Schenn (LW), Steve Mason (G), Michael Del Zotto (D), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare ©, Nick Cousins ©

 

Projected Lineup:

Oskar Lindblom - Claude Giroux - Travis Konecny

Valtteri Filppula - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal - Nolan Patrick - Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl - Jori Lehtera - Dale Weise

 

Ivan Provorov - Radko Gudas

Robert Hagg - Shayne Gostisbehere

Samuel Morin - Andrew MacDonald

 

Brian Elliott 

Michal Neuvirth

 

Prospects:

Nolan Patrick, C, 2nd overall 2017

Travis Sanheim, D, 1st round 2014

Philippe Myers, D

German Rubtsov, C, 1st round 2016

Felix Sandstrom, G, 3rd round 2015

 

My thoughts:

I don't think Philly is going to make the playoffs this year, but they're setting themselves up quite well going forward. If Patrick can stay healthy, he can be a worthy Giroux replacement. Watch out for Lindblom, he's a dark horse Calder candidate this year. I really like Weal and Konecny. Their forward group actually looks really good even this year. The defensive group is incredibly young but perhaps the most promising young bunch in the league. I continue to think Provorov is going to be a Norris-level stud someday, and Hagg/Morin/Myers/Sanheim is incredible prospect depth. I hate Radko Gudas but he's decent at hockey when he's not trying to murder people. The Philly goaltending situation looks a lot like it does any other year, we'll see how much it hinders them. I could see these guys anywhere from 82 points to 95 and a wild card birth. 



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:30 AM

Sorry guys, I might have to do a bunch of these at once, no tiem



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 10:54 AM

PittsburgPenguins

Record last season: 50-21-11, 111 Pts, 2nd in Metro

Playoffs: STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS

Coach: Mike Sullivan

GM: Jim Rutherford

Captain: Sidney Crosby

GF: 278 (1st)
GA: 229 (17th)
PP: 23.1% (3rd)
PK: 79.8% (20th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Sidney Crosby (44)

2.) Evgeni Malkin (33)

3.) Phil Kessel (23)

4.) Conor Sheary (23)

5.) Patric Hornqvist (21)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Phil Kessel (47)

2.) Sidney Crosby (45)

3.) Evgeni Malkin (39)

4.) Justin Schultz (39)

5.) Conor Sheary (30)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Sidney Crosby (89)

2.) Evgeni Malkin (72)

3.) Phil Kessel (70)

4.) Conor Sheary (53)

5.) Justin Schultz (51)

 

Key Additions: Greg McKegg ©, Ryan Reeves (RW), Matt Hunwick (D), Antti Niemi (G)
Key Losses: Nick Bonino ©, Marc-Andre Fleury (G), Chris Kunitz (LW), Trevor Daley (D), Ron Hainsey (D), Mark Streit (D), Oskar Sundqvist ©

 

Projected Lineup:

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary

Bryan Rust - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Carl Hagelin - Gregg McKegg - Scott Wilson

Tom Kuhnhackl - Carter Rowney - Ryan Reaves

Hornqvist is injured

 

Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang

Ian Cole - Justin Schultz

Olli Maatta - Matt Hunwick 

 

Matt Murray

Antti Niemi

 

Prospects:

Daniel Sprong, RW, 2nd round 2015. High skill, will be in their lineup a long time IMO

Derrick Pouliot, D, falling apart

Tristan Jarry, G, 2nd round 2013

Filip Gustavsson, G, 2nd round 2016

Zachary Lauzon, D, 2nd round 2017

 

My thoughts:

The lineup is a lot thinner than last year up front, but Letang is back. I don't have much to say other than I think they have the best shot at the cup this year again out of any team. Crosby and Malkin are a historically great duo, the only question is how many more trophies, individual and team, they can rack up. 

 

I will catch up with 3 more teams today before I go to bed. 



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 03:41 PM

Philly has pieces but I don't see them coming together in a playoff run. Will they ever get a goalie?
Pittsburgh? Yeah, they're pretty good.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:39 AM

St. Louis Blues

Record last season: 46-29-7, 99 Points, 3rd in Central

Playoffs: Lost 4-2 in second round to Nashville

Coach: Mike Yeo

GM: Doug Armstrong

Captain: Alex Pietrangelo

GF: 233 (12th)
GA: 216 (12th)
PP: 21.3% (8th)
PK: 84.8% (3rd)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Vladimir Tarasenko (39)

2.) Patrick Berglund (23)

3.) Jaden Schwartz (19)

4.) David Perron (18)

5.) Paul Stastny (18)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Vladimir Tarasenko (36)

2.) Jaden Schwartz (36)

3.) Alex Steen (35)

4.) Alex Pietrangelo (34)

5.) Kevin Shattenkirk (31)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Vladimir Tarasenko (75)

2.) Jaden Schwartz (55)

3.) Alex Steen (51)

4.) Alex Pietrangelo (48)

5.) David Perron (46)

 

Key Additions: Brayden Schenn ©, Beau Bennett (RW)
Key Losses: David Perron (LW), Jori Lehtera ©, Ryan Reaves (RW), Nail Yakupov (RW)

 

Projected Lineup:

Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jayden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Samuel Blais

Magnus Paajarvi - Ivan Barbashev - Klim Kostin

Chris Thorburn - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin

 

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo 

Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko 

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo 

 

Jake Allen 

Carter Hutton

 

Forwards Patrick Berglund, Alex Steen, and Robby Fabbri are all injured to start the year, as well as D Jay Bouwmeester. Fabbri is out all season.

 

Prospects:

Tage Thompson, C, 1st round 2016.

Ivan Barbashev, C, 2nd round 2014.

Jake Walman, D, 3rd round 2014. 

Robert Thomas, C, 1st round 2017

Klim Kostin, RW, 2nd round 2017

 

My thoughts:

The Blues have been absolutely ravaged by injuries. The Fabbri one is killer, there's a chance it ends his promising career in St. Louis before it could really start. They're still lacking that stud center that would cement them as a cup favorite. Tarasenko is a monster on the ice and in the weight room, and has actually slimmed down this year in effort to get quicker, so we'll see what that does. Schenn had a very nice year last year and is a good addition. The defense is incredibly deep with the emergence of Parayko two year ago and Edmundson last year, and their fans are also high on their top 2 defensive prospects, so they're set on the back end for a long time. The forwards continue to get older and older so the time to win is now for a team that has spent the last 6 years pacing for over 107 points outside of the stretch of games that got Hitchcock fired last year, after which they resumed that pace. Not enough playoff success to show for it, in the eyes of their fanbase, only getting to the WCF one time and losing. I could see them making the cup finals with a big run after everyone gets healthy, or just missing the playoffs in a competitive Central, or anywhere in between.



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:58 AM

San JosSharks

Record last season: 46-29-7, 99 Points, 3rd in the Pacific

Playoffs: Lost in first round, 4-2 to Edmonton

Coach: Peter DeBoer

GM: Doug Wilson

Captain: Joe Pavelski

GF: 219 (19th)
GA: 200 (5th) 
PP: 16.7% (25th)
PK: 80.7% (18th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Joe Pavelski (29)

2.) Brent Burns (29)

3.) Patrick Marleau (27)

4.) Logan Couture (25)

5.) Chris Tierney (11)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Brent Burns (47)

2.) Joe Thornton (43)

3.) Joe Pavelski (39)

4.) Logan Couture (27)

5.) Marc-Edouard Vlasic (22)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Brent Burns (76)

2.) Joe Pavelski (68)

3.) Logan Couture (52)

4.) Joe Thornton (50)

5.) Patrick Marleau (46)

 

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: Patrick Marleau (LW), Mirco Mueller (D), David Schlemko (D) 

 

Projected Lineup:

Jannik Hansen - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi

Melker Karlsson - Tomas Hertl - Timo Meier

Kevin LeBanc - Chris Tierney - Joel Ward

 

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brendon Dillon - Dylan DeMelo

 

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

 

Prospects:

Josh Norris, C, 1st round 2017

Danny O'Regan, C, 138th overall 2012?

Jeremy Roy, D, 2nd round 2015

Noah Rod, RW, 2nd round 2014

Mario Ferraro, D, 2nd round 2017

 

My thoughts:

Pretty gross looking prospect pool there, these guys better gear up to win now with Thornton already sliding and Burns/Vlasic/Pavelski getting up there. If Meier and Hertl can develop like hoped, they have another run in them. Otherwise, it's an old team that's going to eventually be very overpaid, LA style, without the cups to show for it. The top four defense should be excellent for at least another year or two. The forward group is turning. Good luck SJ.



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:12 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning

Record last season: 42-30-10, 94 Points, 5th in Atlantic

Playoffs: None

Coach: Jon Cooper

GM: Steve Yzerman

Captain: Steven Stamkos

GF: 230 (14th)
GA: 224 (16th)
PP: 22.8% (6th)
PK: 81.4% (13th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Nikita Kucherov (40)

2.) Jonathan Drouin (21)

3.) Tyler Johnson (19)

4.) Alex Killorn (19)

5.) Brayden Point (18)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Victor Hedman (56)

2.) Nikita Kucherov (45)

3.) Ondrej Palat (35)

4.) Jonathan Drouin (32)

5.) Valtteri Filppula (27)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Nikita Kucherov (85)

2.) Victor Hedman (72)

3.) Jonathan Drouin (53)

4.) Ondrej Palat (52)

5.) Tyler Johnson (45)

 

Key Additions: Chris Kunitz (LW), Dan Girardi (D), Mikhail Sergachev
Key Losses: Jonathan Drouin (RW), Jason Garrison (D)

 

Projected Lineup:

Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Ryan Callahan

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Cory Conacher

 

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Brayden Coburn - Dan Girardi

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

 

Prospects:

Mikhail Sergachev, D, one pick after A. Nylander

Cal Foote, D, 1st round 2017

Libor Hajek, D, 2nd round 2016

Anthony Cirelli, C, 3rd round 2015

Slater Koekkoek, D, 1st round 2012

 

My thoughts:

First of all, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman are absolute studs. Kucherov had EIGHTY FIVE POINTS last year, and damn near willed the crippled Lightning into the playoffs himself. IMO Hedman is the clear second-best defenseman in the league. I don't know how Burns won the Norris over him (or EK). He was 3 points behind Burns but paced for equal points and is 3x the defensive player. If Stamkos can finally stay healthy (and the dude looked like a top 5 C in the game when he was healthy last year) this team is strong enough to be a cup contender just on those three. I'm pretty confident in Vasilevskiy, but if he goes down then Peter Budaj has shown the ability to be solid for long stretches. Stralman is still a top 20 D in the league. Brayden Point looks like he's going to be a star. Tampa's after-first-round drafting is continuing to churn out studs. Namestnikov is really coming into his own and Jake Dotchin is impressive. I like Koekkoek too, and Sergachev is special. The only thing between this team and multiple cups over the next 6-7 years is health IMO. These guys and Toronto are the clear class of this division and the games against each other should be amazing to watch. 


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:39 AM

Rakish, what do you think of Tampa's drafting?



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:19 AM

Rakish, what do you think of Tampa's drafting?

I was wondering this too. Just from memory, Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov - Ondrej Palat all came from fairly late rounds, as did Brayden Point, and Dotchin on D.



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:45 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs

Record last season: 40-27-15, 95 Points, 4th in Atlantic

Playoffs: Lost in the first round to Washington in 6 games

Coach: Mike Babcock

GM: Lou Lamoriello

Captain: Vacant

GF: 250 (5th) 
GA: 234 (22nd)
PP: 23.8% (2nd)
PK: 82.5% (10th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Auston Matthews (40)

2.) Nazem Kadri (32)

3.) JVR (29)

4.) William Nylander (22)

5.) Connor Brown (20)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Mitch Marner (42)

2.) William Nylander (39)

3.) Tyler Bozak (37)

4.) Jake Gardiner (34)

5.) JVR (33)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Auston Matthews (69)

2.) JVR (62)

3.) Mitch Marner (61)

4.) William Nylander (61)

5.) Nazem Kadri (61)

 

Key Additions: Patrick Marleau (LW), Dominic Moore ©, Ron Hainsey (D)
Key Losses: Brian Boyle ©, Matt Hunwick (D), Brendan Leipsic (LW)

 

Projected Lineup:

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

JVR - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - Connor Brown

 

Ron Hainsey - Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick

 

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

 

Prospects:

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, probably the best skater in the organization believe it or not. 

Timothy Liljegren, D, 2017 first rounder

Carl Grundstrom, RW, 2nd round 2016, of course a home run pick 

Jeremy Bracco, RW, 3rd round 2016

Joseph Woll, G, 3rd round 2016

 

My thoughts:

You all know how I feel about the Leafs. They're going to score a ###### ton of goals and have the most fun to watch offense in the league IMO. Only team with 5 60 point players last season. Matthews may get Hart votes and score over a point per game. But he may not. ###### the Leafs, and it's going to ###### suck watching them get home ice. 



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:50 AM

#14, I like Foote, but not as much as I like Lilgegren

#48, compare Volkov's scoring to Shvyryov's (who Colorado picked much later) scoring

#76 Lipanov is young enough that it's not a bad pick, but there are a lot of guys I really like still on the board

#169 Overage high school player, no thank you.

#180 I have Guttman as the 69th best forward, so at pick 180, not terrible, but not on my board either.

#200 Young enough that it's not a definite no

 

So 2017, I see one NHL hockey player, which is what poor drafting teams do.

 

Lately, not so good, their pipeline isn't that strong.

 

Before that, fantastic, they were really good a few years back.

 

What's interesting to me is that I think the same guy (Al Murray) has been running the program for a while, so why he stopped taking players I like, I don't know

 

On Flagg's first post.

Johnson wasn't drafted, if I remember right, college grad, NHL had a size bias issue, that seems to be disappearing rapidly, maybe mostly due to Tampa's success.

I have Kutcherov as the 12th best forward in his year, so he's a great 3rd round pick, but it was a draft before I started doing this, so take that with a grain of salt, since it's looking through past drafts when I already know the right answer.

Palat didn't score in his draft year, but this is why they need to pay more attention to overagers, because by the time he was drafted, he was 44th in his draft class, which isn't bad for the 7th round.

Point is on my Mom's basement team for 2014, so me and Tampa totally agree here.

Dotchin I wouldn't have drafted, hung around 40th best defenseman for his draft class before last year, when he got to 10th



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:40 PM

Vancouver Canucks

Record last season: 30-43-9, 69 Points, 7th in the Pacific

Playoffs: None

Coach: Travis Green

GM: Jim Benning

Captain: Henrik Sedin

GF: 178 (29th)
GA: 241 (24th)
PP: 14.1% (29th)
PK: 76.7% (28th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Bo Horvat (20)

2.) Markus Granlund (19)

3.) Sven Baertschi (18)

4.) Brandon Sutter (17)

5.) Sedins (15 each)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Henrik Sedin (35)

2.) Bo Horvat (32)

3.) Daniel Sedin (29)

4.) Troy Stetcher (21)

5.) Sven Baertschi (17)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Bo Horvat (52)

2.) Henrik Sedin (50)

3.) Daniel Sedin (44)

4.) sven Baertschi (35)

5.) Brandon Sutter (34)

 

Key Additions: Sam Gagner ©, Alexander Burmistrov ©, Michael Del Zotto (D), Patrick Wiercioch (D), Thomas Vanek (RW), Ander Nilsson (G)
Key Losses: Ryan Miller (G), Luca Sbisa (D), Drew Shore ©, Philip Larsen (D)

 

Projected Lineup:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Sam Gagner

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Thomas Vanek

Loui Eriksson - Markus Granlund - Brock Boeser

Alexander Burmistrov - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen

 

Ben Hutton - Chris Tanev

Alex Edler - Troy Stetcher

Michael Del Zotto - Erik Gudbranson 

 

Jacob Markstrom 

Anders Nilsson

 

Prospects:

Olli Juolevi, D, 5th overall 2016

Elias Pettersson, C, 5th overall 2017

Brock Boeser, RW, 1st round pick 2015

Thatcher Demko, G, 2nd round 2014

Jake Virtanen, RW, 6th overall 2014

 

My thoughts:

The Canucks still aren't in a great place as an organization, but all of a sudden they have a young core of Horvat, Boeser, Pettersson, Juolevi, Stetcher, and Demko. These players have a bright future and if Vancouver can add a piece or two on top of all of that with some lottery luck, they will be ready to grow and build for deep runs again. That is what this season is about for them.



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 07:10 PM

Oh look Brock Boeser. Yes I need to let this go. That said Vancouver really needs to continue their rebuild. Solid base forming.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 10:21 PM

Vegas GoldeKnights

Record last season: None

Playoffs: None

Coach: Gerard Gallant

GM: George McPhee

Captain: None

 

Projected Lineup:

Jonathan Marchessault - Vadim Shipachyov - Reilly Smith

David Perron - Erik Haula - Alex Tuch

Oscar Lindberg - Cody Eakin - Teemu Pulkkinen

William Carrier - William Karlsson - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

 

Jason Garrison - Colin Miller

Brayden McNabb - Nate Schmidt

Luca Sbisa - Deryk Engelland

 

Marc-Andre Fleury

Calvin Pickard

 

Prospects:

Cody Glass, C, 6th overall 2017. 

Nick Suzuki, C, 13th overall 2017.

Alex Tuch, RW

Erik brannstrom, D, 15th overall 2017

Nicolas Hague, 2nd round 2017.

 

My thoughts:

They'll be bad, but probably not Avalanche-bad. Could be though. Actually, let me retract all of that. I basically alternate between seeing them as a 70 point team and a team that will struggle to reach 20 wins. Should be interesting to watch, and I like their big 3 prospects that they took in the first round last year.

 

That one was easy!!



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:49 PM

WashingtoCapitals

Record last season: 55-19-8, 118 Points, 1st in the Metro

Playoffs: Lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh in round 2

Coach: Barry Trotz

GM: Brian MacLellan

Captain: Alex Ovechkin

GF: 261 (3rd)
GA: 177 (1st)
PP: 23.1% (4th)
PK: 83.8% (7th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Alex Ovechkin (33)

2.) TJ Oshie (33)

3.) Marcus Johansson (24)

4.) Justin Williams (24)

5.) Nicklas Backstrom (23)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Nicklas Backstrom (63)

2.) Evgeny Kuznetsov (40)

3.) Alex Ovechkin (36)

4.) Marcus Johansson (34)

5.) Matt Niskanen (34)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Nicklas Backstrom (86)

2.) Alex Ovechkin (69)

3.) Evgeny Kuznetsov (59)

4.) Marcus Johansson (58)

5.) TJ Oshie (56)

 

Key Additions: Tyler Gravoac (LW), Devante Smith-Pelly (RW)
Key Losses: Karl Alzner (D), Kevin Shattenkirk (D), Justin Williams (RW), Marcus Johansson (LW), Nate Schmidt (D)

 

Projected Lineup:

Andre Burakovsky - Nick Backstrom - TJ Oshie

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jakub Vrana

Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson

Nathan Walker - Jay Beagle - Tyler Gravoac

 

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos - John Carlson

Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

 

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

 

Prospects:

Ilya Samsonov, G, the fated player we were to take had we not traded for Lehner supposedly

Jakub Vrana, LW , 1st rounder 2014

Jonas Siegenthaler, D, 2nd round 2015

Madison Bowey, D, 2nd round 2013

 

 

My thoughts:

The Caps lost a lot of good pieces this summer and didn't come close to filling the void from outside the organization, so they need guys like Djoos, Bowey, Vrana to step up in a big way. Even with those holes, thought, they have one of the best 1-2 C punches in the league and Alex Ovechkin playing wing next to them, so they will be dangerous. A team that was surprisingly good defensively should still be top ten in both categories next season and should be in the playoffs, but I'm not expecting a President's Trophy from them this year, which might actually help them escape Pittsburgh before the 3rd round.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:21 PM

Tampa and the Blues are above average playoff teams but they don't smell like cup winners. Leafs are talented, but will learn what adversity looks like this year. Vancouver will be better than an expansion team, Vegas is an expansion team. Caps are still a good team, but their window has closed.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:18 AM

WinnipeJets

Record last season: 40-35-7, 87 Points, 5th in the Central

Playoffs: None

Coach: Paul Maurice

GM: Kevin Cheveldayoff

Captain: Blake Wheeler

GF: 246 (7th)
GA: 255 (27th)
PP: 18.2% (18th)
PK: 77.5% (26th)

 

Top 5 G:

1.) Patrik Laine (36)

2.) Mark Scheifele (32)

3.) Blake Wheeler (26)

4.) Nikolaj Ehlers (25)

5.) Bryan Little (21)

 

Top 5A:

1.) Mark Scheifele (50)

2.) Blake Wheeler (48)

3.) Nikolaj Ehlers (39)

4.) Dustin Byfuglien (39)

5.) Mathieu Perreault (32)

 

Top 5 PTS:

1.) Mark Scheifele (82)

2.) Blake Wheeler (74)

3.) Nikolaj Ehlers (64)

4.) Patrik Laine (64)

5.) Dustin Byfuglien (52)

 

Key Additions: Dmitry Kulikov (D), Steve Mason (G)
Key Losses: Ondrej Pavelec (G), Paul Postma (D), Chris Thorburn (D)

 

Projected Lineup:

Patrik Laine - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Bryan Little - Nikolaj Ehlers

Kyle Connor - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia 

Shawn Matthias - Andrew Copp - Marko Dano

 

Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien 

Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers

 

Steve Mason 

Connor Hellebuyck

 

Prospects:

Kyle Connor, LW, 1st round 2015

Jack Roslovic, C, 1st round 2015 (our pick)

Logan Stanley, D, 1st round 2016

Kristian Vesalainen, 1st round 2017

Eric Comrie, G, 2nd round 2013

 

 

My thoughts:

Winnipeg has the talent to be a dangerous playoff team, but their goaltending has let them down. Also, picture this place if we had kept Bylsma this year and then again next year with the same results. That's how the Jets forums are with Paul Maurice. Not sure of the details as to why, but that's what's going on over there. If you haven't done it yet, go see some goals Laine scored last year and then this preseason. Kid has arguably the best shot ever at age 18. I mentioned in another thread, he scores loads of goals from areas of the ice that have an average shooting percentage of less than 5%. Most accurate shooter I've ever seen, with unbelievable strength and release on the wrister. Blake Wheeler is a no BS top line 70+ point RW, and Scheifele had 82 points last year! Ehlers was also a beast, scoring over 60 points. He may be the second best skater in the NHL. The defense group listed above, on paper, is very good. Let's see if it translates. These guys need to be in a playoff spot or their coach is done. It'll be fun to watch Laine's push for 50, and if he's healthy I don't see anyone winning the Rocket over him. 

 

 

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Well Sabrespace, we made it through another offseason. NHL games begin tomorrow, and this is the last NHL team we needed to catch up on, so I declare this board ready for hockey baby!!!! Thanks to dudacek and others for posting their thoughts as well so this wasn't a complete echo chamber. 



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:21 AM

Why the Senators suck and got amazingly lucky last year

 

That is a really, really, really, really good video

 


Edited by WildCard, 03 October 2017 - 11:25 AM.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:37 PM

The Jets are spending $10 million this year to have Myers and Kulikov be their third pair?
That is all.

Thanks Flagg. Nice job.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:43 PM

Thank you so much for doing this, Flagg!