Northwest Division Predictions
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07-12-2012, 11:34 AM
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I think the Canucks fall apart a bit. It's been a long time coming. I don't think their forwards are that impressive beyond the Twins and Kesler, and their defense is good but seems to be a lot of high-end 3-4 guys. With three other teams in the NW improving dramatically, I see them struggling considerably without their usual easy prey. I also think a few high-profile playoff losses have made everyone undervalue Lalongo. If the Wild don't pass them this year, they certainly will next year when their entire forward corps goes UFA.
Colorado has some young talent finally blossoming, but lacks veteran presence and I really don't think Varlamov is anything to write home about.
Edmonton's defense is still awful. Adding the Schultzes is not going to change that. Awesome top-6, but they'll never actually have the puck on their sticks.
Calgary......wow. Everyone else got better and they...uh...wow.
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