With the last two seasons we've had, the NHL seems to be going into a new direction where just about any team can nab a championship. Calgary/Tampa Bay in 04 when neither had made the playoffs the year before. This year with Carolina/Edmonton who hadn't made the playoffs either.
I know this is a crapshoot, but which team(s) could pull off the same kind of surprises this year?
My shots for surprise teams of 06-07: Pittsburg and Vancouver.
Hummm... St-Louis could be a nice surprise. I think they could make the playoffs and maybe reach the 2nd round... But, everyone was saying the same thing for Pittsburgh last year and... they did what they did... BTW, I don't care if i'm getting wrong.
if they can get a goaltender (no not auld), they can surprise a few 'experts.' i like their team and want them to win the southeast (i hate every other team from that division, well the thrashers are alright).
Atlanta gets picked every year - I consider them overrated as opposed to darkhorses.
Name their offensive centers - name the players on their third and fourth lines - name their defencemen - without looking it up.
If Hossa and Kovalchuk were great leaders known for pulling teams up by the bootstraps perhaps they'd be in the running, but I don't see it happening, especially with that questionable supporting cast. There is little in the system ready to contribute this season - Atlanta fan is banking on Alex Bourret and/or Bryan Little making the team and contributing.