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08-20-2006, 05:58 PM
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THN 06-07 Yearbook: Habs 7th in East

Just got my preview via mail, not to be confused with the fantasy one on newsstands...

1. CAR
2. OTT
3. NYR
4. NJD
5. BUF
6. PHI
7. MON
8. ATL

1. ANA
2. NSH
3. CGY
4. SJS
5. DAL
6. DET
7. MIN
8. CLB

ANA to beat NYR in final, CLB to be the 'EDM dark horse'


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08-20-2006, 06:00 PM
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Its more realistic but NYR third is may be high a little bit, but Lundqvist was amazing last year, so if he can do it again, its may be happen!

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Colorado missing the playoffs?! Impossible. Not with Theo in net!

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Its more realistic but NYR third is may be high a little bit, but Lundqvist was amazing last year, so if he can do it again, its may be happen!
they say that the ducks will win the cup in the final vs... the Rangers...

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08-20-2006, 08:30 PM
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i picked ana to win the cup in june, before they got pronger...
this prediction seems more reasonable, except i do not think carolina will do as well this season. what if ward stinks it up ala raycroft?

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i picked ana to win the cup in june, before they got pronger...
this prediction seems more reasonable, except i do not think carolina will do as well this season. what if ward stinks it up ala raycroft?
Well, they'll probably finish where they were penciled to finish last year then.

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East looks good, but I don't see Carolina taking #1 overall. I'd probably swap the Hurricanes with NYR myself. I think Rangers are going to do really well this season.

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East looks good, but I don't see Carolina taking #1 overall. I'd probably swap the Hurricanes with NYR myself. I think Rangers are going to do really well this season.
I don't see who's so great on the Rangers besides Lundqvist and Jagr.. Seriously if one of the 2 gets injured they'Re in deep trouble, from what I know 'bout them...

Some young guy I should know abotu maybe?

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I don't see who's so great on the Rangers besides Lundqvist and Jagr.. Seriously if one of the 2 gets injured they'Re in deep trouble, from what I know 'bout them...

Some young guy I should know abotu maybe?
Well, I don't know, I'm not really thinking one guy in particular here. Although their success will depend of Jagr's play, I agree.

It just seems to me that Shanahan will be the glue to put it all together for this team. I also like Nylander a lot, and acquisitions of Cullen and Ward look pretty solid to me.

Of course this is nothing but guessing at this point, but I liked watching their team for the first time since early 90's last year and it seems that they have beefed it up a little more for the upcoming season.

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I don't see who's so great on the Rangers besides Lundqvist and Jagr.. Seriously if one of the 2 gets injured they'Re in deep trouble, from what I know 'bout them...

Some young guy I should know abotu maybe?
To add to what P1 said, Straka, Prucha and Rachunek could have a good year. Karel on the blue line is coming back from Russia and should want to proove he can do it in the NHL. Roszival had a good year last year, could go for a 2nd.

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come on CBJ to reach the playoffs and to be the dark horse... hey they were like in the bottem 5 teams overall last year... :

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I bet if you look at the standings at the end of the season about 3-4 of those teams on each side will not make it.

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Just got my preview via mail, not to be confused with the fantasy one on newsstands...

1. CAR
2. OTT
3. NYR
4. NJD
5. BUF
6. PHI
7. MON
8. ATL

1. ANA
2. NSH
3. CGY
4. SJS
5. DAL
6. DET
7. MIN
8. CLB

ANA to beat NYR in final, CLB to be the 'EDM dark horse'

I dont agree with the east final ranking ... NYR and CAR will not repeat what they did last year and NJ is too high IMO

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This is always a real crapshoot, now more than ever with the cap system. As it stands I'll go with this as my prediction:

EAST
1. Carolina (105-110 pts.)
2. New Jersey (100-105 pts.)
3. Ottawa (100-105 pts.)-more balanced div. will diminish their pt. total amongst the div. winners
4. Philadelphia (100-105 pts.)
5. Buffalo (95-100 pts.)-I think they'll come down to earth a bit.
6. Montreal (95-100 pts.)
7. NY Rangers (90-95 pts.)-They'll also come down to earth because without one of Lundquist or Jagr, they're merely ordinary.
8. Florida (90-95 pts.)-They impressed me more than any other team with their play in the latter stages of 05-06. Not that Bert makes the difference completely, but they seem to be learning how to shape a two-way game that can take them to the post-season.

9. Tampa (85-90 pts.)
10. Atlanta (85-90 pts.)-A team on the rise but with real defensive problems still. Oh and Hartley is an overrated hack of a coach ala Therrien.
11. Boston (80-85 pts.)-Overrated off-season moves do little to mask the lack of a system and a solid core of players who've gotten some chemistry together.
12. Toronto (80-85 pts.)-See above.
13. Pittsburgh (75-80 pts.)-There will be a real lethality to their attack but defensively, they have some serious work to do. Maybe the new GM's first order of duty can be fire Therrien and replace with a major league calibre coach. Something the Pens haven't had in almost 5 years.
14. NY Islanders (70-75 pts.)-I find their young talent sparse and everything about them a mess especially on the D side. Plus even if they have bright spots, Snow will make some move intended to "send a message." I'm thinking Dipietro, Nilsson and Blake to St. Louis for Legace and Tkachuk.
15. Washington (65-70 pts.)-They'll still suck but AO is a real treat and they can become a force if they build around him properly.

WEST
1. Anaheim (105-110 pts.)
2. Calgary (100-105 pts.)
3. Detroit (100-105 pts.)
4. Nashville (100-105 pts.)
5. San Jose (100-105 pts.)
6. Edmonton (95-100 pts.)
7. Minnesota (90-95 pts.)
8. Dallas (90-95 pts.)

9. Colorado (90-95 pts.)
10. Vancouver (85-90 pts.)
11. Columbus (80-85 pts.)
12. Los Angeles (80-85 pts.)
13. Phoenix (80-85 pts.)
14. St. Louis (70-75 pts.)
15. Chicago (60-65 pts.)

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Just got my preview via mail, not to be confused with the fantasy one on newsstands...

1. CAR
2. OTT
3. NYR
4. NJD
5. BUF
6. PHI
7. MON
8. ATL

1. ANA
2. NSH
3. CGY
4. SJS
5. DAL
6. DET
7. MIN
8. CLB

ANA to beat NYR in final, CLB to be the 'EDM dark horse'
In the East... no way Carolina wins the east (they will CHOKE ala TAMPA BAY) and NJ will be alot lower in the standings than fourth....

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08-30-2006, 09:57 AM
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In the East... no way Carolina wins the east (they will CHOKE ala TAMPA BAY) and NJ will be alot lower in the standings than fourth....
In that same Hockey News Yearbook, they interviewed 2 NHL insiders - executives in the Eastern and Western conferences - this is what they predicted for this year :

East

New Jersey
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Carolina (who would get the 3rd seed for playoffs)
Florida
Boston
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
Toronto
Islanders
Rangers
Pittsburgh
Washington


West

Dallas
Anaheim
Detroit (2nd seed for playoffs)
Calgary (3rd seed for playoffs)
San Jose
Edmonton
Nashville
Los Angeles
Minnesota
Phoenix
Vancouver
Columbus
Colorado
Chicago
St. Louis

Westcoast, you predicted Jersey to finish alot lower than they did last year as well....how did that work out?

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Montreal 2nd? Never happen this year. We need a top tier defenseman and a #2 center for that to happen.

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Can anyone tell me what predictions were made last year at this time and see how they stacked up to what actually happened. Honestly, I put about as much faith in these predictions as I would expect an easy drive through downtown Toronto at rush hour.

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In that same Hockey News Yearbook, they interviewed 2 NHL insiders - executives in the Eastern and Western conferences - this is what they predicted for this year :

East

New Jersey
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Carolina (who would get the 3rd seed for playoffs)
Florida
Boston
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
Toronto
Islanders
Rangers
Pittsburgh
Washington
Whoa, that's one pretty crazy list right there!

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Whoa, that's one pretty crazy list right there!
I agree...especially Florida making the playoffs??? Without Luongo...forget that

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Montreal 2nd? Never happen this year. We need a top tier defenseman and a #2 center for that to happen.
My thoughts exactly.

We need a lil' something to get there.

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come on CBJ to reach the playoffs and to be the dark horse... hey they were like in the bottem 5 teams overall last year... :
Columbus in 8th isn't actually a bad prediction. I wouldn't be suprised to see them do well next year. They have a ton of up and comers and their D isn't too too herednous with Adam Foote leading the way.

Think of the guys they have on their team as well up front. There's Federov and Nash as the obvious stars but also newly aquired Fredrik Modin and (if he re-signs) Zherdev are good for at least 20 goals each. And playing in between those two there's Gilbert Brule.

The only potential problem Columbus could run into is goaltending. Their starter will no doubt be Pascal Leclaire, and if he can't be the #1 guy then I think the Jackets are pretty much screwed as their back up guy is none other than future Vezina winner Ty Conklin.

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