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07-29-2013, 05:28 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
In terms of proven players most teams have taken a step back.
Rangers didn't add anyone of great significance. They could have if they'd cut Richards. The Rangers did add more depth and if a couple young players like Kreider, Del Zotto, John Moore or Miller step up we should be a very good team. We lack somewhat in the mean and physical department.
Penguins may have concerns about their forward depth. They've locked up some important guys. They're going to need some of their young--Despres, Bennett to prove themselves as well. Scuderi helps their D but they may still be a bit weak and their goaltending sometimes suspect.
Flyers--bringing in LaCavalier--plenty of forward depth. Streit adds offense to their D but doesn't necessarily improve the defense in their own end and they're a bit old there. Goaltending very suspect. They never seem to fix that. They are also over the cap and may have to cut someone significant.
Islanders--like the forward group led by Tavares. A young upcoming team. Not a lot of experienced depth on defense and no longer have a pwp qb. They do have a bunch of great prospects who should plug some of the bigger holes. Goaltending is suspect.
Devils--could be the oldest team in the league. To compete they are going to have to get a lot of mileage out of players who already have a ton of mileage. Not a lot of creativity at forward. A decent defense with some good d prospects and a very good pickup with Schneider in goal. Defense is going to be their thing. Don't see them as a playoff team.
Hurricanes--should have a very good offense--an average at best defense. Ward can be an excellent goalie. Longshot for the playoffs IMO depending on Ward standing on his head and offense running on all cylinders.
Capitals--A bit weak in forward depth--a pretty decent defense and pretty good goaltending. This team has not played in such a competitive division as it will this year. Wait and see how that plays out. Team could make playoffs or not.
Bluejackets--Bobrovsky playing like last year is a key. Horton if healthy and Gaborik give them two potential big time goal scorers. A little weak on experience and depth--they do have some worthwhile youth. It's possible they make the playoffs but I think they're a longshot.
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