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08-07-2012, 09:27 AM
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The competition for a lottery spot is rather shallow this year.

Columbus lost its best player, so it should be back in the lottery. It could surprise, but I don't expect them to.

Edmonton will be vastly improved. I'd be surprised if they were back in the lottery. They have added Yakupov and Schultz. Additionally, Ryan Whitney, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall all missed 20-30 games last year, that's unusual.

My analysis of Montreal's roster is well-documented by know.

The Islanders have a 50/50 shot of being in the lottery. They're an improving young team, but that's true every year.

Toronto? They're a good team if their goalie steps up, otherwise they're back in the lottery. James van Riemsdyk will improve them significantly.

Anaheim could fall into the lottery. If they can't negotiate extensions with Getzlaf and Perry, they'll have to trade them for picks and prospects, which will be equivalent to tanking.

Minnesota should improve. They picked up Parise and Suter, also Koivu was injured last year.

Carolina has picked up Staal and Semin, they should improve.

Don't know about Winnipeg and Tampa Bay.

Colorado and Buffalo should improve.

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