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07-22-2012, 01:38 AM
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The Blues are a top 5 team this year. They have a very solid offensive core lead by Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Teemu Selanne and Paul Stastny. They have a ton of depth as well and that makes them that much better. Their defensive core is probably one of the best in the league. They have 6 top 4 defencemens that are going to make a huge impact, lead by Seabrook, Edler and Timonen. They also have a starting goalie in Varlamov. The Blues will be another team to watch for.
The Lighting will be a bottom 10 team. They dont have anything that particularly stands out. Their offensive core has no star power, just a bunch of depth players and besides JBO, their defence doesn't have much either. The Lightning are a young mediocre team that has some work to do but with a little bit of retooling, they might find themselves fighting for the playoffs. They have a lot of depth and a goalie in Bobrovsky who will likely be a starter.
The Leafs will be a top 10 team this year. Their offensive group is lead by Steven Stamkos, Matt Duchene and Martin St.Louis. They also have enough depth that gives them one of the best offensive core in this league. Despite losing Pronger, the Leafs have a very strong defensive core lead by Cam Fowler and Mark Streit and they have a solid goalie in net with Kiprusoff. The Leafs will be in the elite company if they can maybe add a piece or two.
The Vancouver Canucks are going to be a playoff team. They have good offensive core lead by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Richards and Tomas Plekanec but not a whole lot after that. The Canucks have a very solid defensive core IMO. A young but talented group that will get better. The Canucks goaltending is their strongest point. They have two young star goalies. They can easily improve their offence and be one of the best teams in the league.
The Washington Capitals just like last year will be one of the better teams in this league. Despite the hate the nudge gets on this board, he has done a very good job with his team. The Caps have one of the best offensive core in the league lead by Malkin, E.Kane, Lucic and Oshie. They also have a great defensive core that is very young, lead by PK Subban, Gudbranson and Shattenkirk. They also have a very good, underrated goalie in Kari Lehtonen. I expect the Caps to be very good for a long time and make some noise in the playoffs.
The Winnipeg Jets improved a lot this year. I expect them to make the playoffs this year and be a very good team for a long time. The Jets offence is lead by one of the best players in the game, John Tavares. They also have good depth up front but their defence is what makes this team very good. The Jets have one of the best defensive core in the league lead by Matt Carle, Victor Hedman and Ryan Mcdonagh. They also have a good starting goalie in Nicklas Backstrom and bunch of good prospects coming up. The Jets will be a very good team soon and for a long time.

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