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01-21-2013, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by 416Leafer View Post
I'll say Vancouver... but this division has a strong future. Give it 1-2 years. Colorado, Minnesota, and Edmonton all have some very good young pieces.

Also there are obviously cracks in Vancouvers depth. Keslers injured. Even with him in the lineup the 2nd line looks less than spectacular. So while I think Vancouver should win, there are question marks and also potential on the other teams, so I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see Minnesota take the division.
Minnesota was 30th in scoring. From December 8th until the end of the year, they won 17 of 54 games and were the worst team in the NHL by a long shot. They finished over 80 goals behind Vancouver in even strength goal differential.

Adding Parise/Suter/a rookie does not take a team from cellar to challenging the repeat president trophy winners. The Penguins added Lemieux/Crosby after the last lockout and still finished last.

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