I think they're spot-on about the Rangers. though. I lived in NY for several years and so I still follow the team. I have to say that this is a team that really does have it all.
Defense, yep. Goaltending, definitely. Offense was a little better than middle of the pack last year, but Nash should help. They don't have any real weaknesses.
I bleed black and gold (which turns out to be a sort of reddish color according to past experiments), but I have to say that I like the Rangers and where they are going. They're my pick for #1 in the East.
I think the Bruins will be contenders, but I'm still worried about Rask. He'll perform just fine, but I'm concerned about an injury (you know he's going to have a groin injury this year), and how our backups will perform when two U's and two K's can no longer equal one win with him on the bench. I hope I'm wrong.
Also, we need to stop pretending that Dougie Hamilton will be a stud from the get-go. He'll need seasoning, just like many other decent prospects do. Remember Seguijn's first year? Or Joe Thornton? It's even tougher for defensemen.
Another article that says 4 players will make the Oilers succeed.
This time, #3 in the league. Credibility was already gone since it was SI, they're not exactly a hockey magazine, but this...
Not that I'm an SI fan (when it comes to hockey, at least), but to be fair, those are power rankings for the first week, not a season prediction. He's picking the Oilers to get off to a fast start, which isn't outside the realm of possibility.
They had a heck of a team in the playoffs. Apart from mental aspects, or injuries, I'm having trouble coming up with reasons why they can't do it again.
Kings are the favorite in the West IMO and I don't care where they finish. Favorite in the East is the Rangers and Bruins. If the Rangers click right away, they will far and away be the first seed IMO. If they don't click, they could be in trouble.