So now that most of the chips have fallen what is everyone thoughts of how the Wild and the rest of the Northwest Division will look at the end of the regular season. (Premature I know but hey what else is there to do)
1. Vancouver - To quote Rick Flair "To be the champ, you have to beat the champ. Whooooo!" Though I don't think they will have such a cake walk as they have had the last few seasons due to increased competition. No Presidents' Trophy for the Nucks.
2. Minnesota - I know this might seems homerish, but I really think that the Wild have made the right moves to make the playoffs and compete in the Northwest. With Parise I think Koivu and Heatly will have monster years.And with all of the depth and young talent this team has I really think this is the start of something special.
3. Colorado - I like the Avs here. They have a soild team around them with great players like Landeskog,and Stastny. I think this team will push for the eight or seventh spot.
4. Edmonton - The Oilers fall just short of the playoffs. They will be a fast and high scoring team with all of their young great talent, but their lack of a competent defense will cost them too many games this season. But hey they won't be picking first in next years draft so that's a start.
5. Calgary - This will be a rough year for the Flames. Ignila and Kiprusoff are getting older and the Flames are lost and have no clear direction to take the franchise. While I don't think they will be horrible, I just don't think they can compete with the rest of the division.
I must predict Calgary narrowly misses the playoffs every year until it doesn't happen anymore. The same is true about Edmonton finishing with the 1st overall pick. You just have to assume that will happen until they finally do something else.
Calgary GAURENTEE to finish last, book it. Although i hope to see that team finish 9th or 10th because that sad sack Feaster deserves it, but this year i think it all blows up in his face and he finally will trade Iginla and Kipprusoff at the deadline for much less in return. That ones easy, the rest of the predictions i'm still working out and you'll have my official picks come August.
Just remember this predication when it's April. If you're horribly wrong I don't want to hear any excuses because there is no way EDM does better than MN IMO. Colorado, I can at least kind of understand.
Its far too early to be guessing stuff like this. I think we need to see what Vancouver gets for Luongo when he is finally traded and what other additions Calgary, Edmonton, and Colorado make before the preseason.
I think we're pretty much set for the most part. Aside from a trade to free up contracts, and possibly an undrafted free agent signing, I have to think we've got what we want to go into this season with.
I think were good for very high 90s to low 100s in points at this point and a good shot at at least 4th, and depending on how Vancouver does with Schnieder as the #1, potentially top 3.