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10-08-2003, 07:38 AM
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I think they'd easily be higher then top 15 - they are def. a top ten atleast. I mean who's ahead of them?
Avs, Sens, Devils, Flyers, Anaheim..... those'd be the teams I'd put ahead of them.... then there would be four-five teams who would all be arguable...... I'll say one thing though - the Devils forwards ranks won't be NEARLY as scary as in the past! No Yzerman (He might be present, but he isn't close to what he was) No Federov (has been one of the the top 3-4 two way centers in the NHL). Brett Hull is ancient and is poised to take a drop eventually. Larionov was an important part of those teams and was good two ways as well. Now there is a HUGE lack of defensively responsible forwards after the grind line. Zetterberg is a good young talent, but Datsyuk was riding on Hull's coat-tails, and unless he can really step up and emerge as an anchor they could be in some trouble.

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