With the new realignment taking place next year, we got two teams that have been strong contenders (St. Louis, Chicago), two teams that are up and coming (Nashville (after taking a step back this year)) and Winnipeg) and two teams that are rebuilding (Dallas and Colorado). That leaves us in the middle and I think next to Nashville and above Winnipeg. So, do you think this team will take a step back or a step forward next year?
I think Colorado is just going to leapfrog us soon. They have great young forwards in Duchene, O'Reilly, Landeskog, Mackinnon. Stastny not so much because of his contract but hes still very good. If they can get their defense to step up they could be a sleeper. I like their forward depth alot with the addition of Tanguay too.
Its hard to say with all the changes to come in the next few weeks. But I will take a stab at the standings.
Chicago - still awesome but minus some of their depth guys, contender
St.Louis - Great D, big forwards, skilled youngsters, solid playoff team
Minnesota - bubble team, hopefully chemistry improves
Colorado - very young bubble team that could surprise
Winnipeg - who knows probably a bit better than last year but not much
Dallas - Jamie Benn and Loui Erikkson are all that matters
Nashville - no scoring, good Defense, cellar dwellars
Chicago: Stanley Cup Hangover.
St.Louis: Hitch's third year as a coach never go well.
Minnesota: Improved at the deadline, injuries killed them. Fully healthy?
Winnipeg: Should be fun games, but I still do not like their roster.
Nashville: Will not be able to score...
Dallas: Uhm... wut?
Colorado: State of horrifying transition...
The lack of creativity isnt caused by being in the Umbrella, Its caused because the PP is run through Suter, Koivu, Parise and not one of those three is willing to take the puck into a scoring area.
This, and when they are able to finally set up the power play, they just stand in there spots and seem to forget they can skate. No one moves. The dangerous pp's are the ones that are rotating and moving all the time. Its just brutal to watch. They ain't gonna move out of your way Suter so you can bomb it. At least Heatley makes some moves and passes before doing a clap bomb at the goalies face.