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2010 #1 overall pick: which teams will be in the running?

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08-05-2009, 02:25 AM
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2010 #1 overall pick: which teams will be in the running?

Any early guesses which teams will be in the running for the first overall pick in 2010? Call it the Hall, Kabonov, Fowler sweepstakes.. The Thrashers look quite improved (Antropov, Kubina, and Bogosian a year older and healthy). The Kings should get some better play from that young super talented blueline. The Islanders got Tavares. The Lightning signed a few players and Stamkos is a year older, not to mention Hedman.
How bout a list of five teams????

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Islanders, Tampa, Avs, Trashers I think are going to be back in the running for #1. For the 5th team, I think it will be the Coyotes.

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08-05-2009, 03:09 AM
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Tampa will not be bottom five.

They added Ohlund, and Hedman, plus it's not likely they'll have a ton of injury problems on D last year. Stamkos and Smith will only get better.

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Phoenix finished sixth in the draft, last year, but I think they'll have more points, this year. Hopefully Gretzky gets canned, and that would be enough, in itself, to save them from the lotto. If not, all the young guys are a year older and we've been promised another top six, veteren scorer. So...

Doan-Mueller-*New Guy*<---Hopefully Mueller can rebound, maybe "new guy" is Alex Tanguay
Upshall-Lombardi-Boedker<---Upshall and Lombardi were so good together in their short time here
Prucha-Hanzal-Vrbata<---Vrbata had 27 goals in his last go around as a Coyote
Korpikoski-Fiddler-Tikhonov
*Goon*

Jovanovski-Michalek
Aucoin-Sauer
Yandle-Vandermeer
Lepisto

Bryzgalov<---Should be even better in his second full year as a starter
Montoya/LaBarbera

...I think that's more like a bubble team than a basement team, really. Especially considering that guys like Mueller, Boedker, Hanzal, Tikhonov, and Yandle all have another year under their belts. Maybe we'll even pick outside of the top ten for the first time in years.

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08-05-2009, 03:34 AM
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Phoenix finished sixth in the draft, last year, but I think they'll have more points, this year. Hopefully Gretzky gets canned, and that would be enough, in itself, to save them from the lotto. If not, all the young guys are a year older and we've been promised another top six, veteren scorer. So...

Doan-Mueller-*New Guy*<---Hopefully Mueller can rebound, maybe "new guy" is Alex Tanguay
Upshall-Lombardi-Boedker<---Upshall and Lombardi were so good together in their short time here
Prucha-Hanzal-Vrbata<---Vrbata had 27 goals in his last go around as a Coyote
Korpikoski-Fiddler-Tikhonov
*Goon*

Jovanovski-Michalek
Aucoin-Sauer
Yandle-Vandermeer
Lepisto

Bryzgalov<---Should be even better in his second full year as a starter
Montoya/LaBarbera

...I think that's more like a bubble team than a basement team, really. Especially considering that guys like Mueller, Boedker, Hanzal, Tikhonov, and Yandle all have another year under their belts. Maybe we'll even pick outside of the top ten for the first time in years.
Agreed. After seeing this lineup, I completely change my mind. That is a good forward crew the Yotes have there.

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Phoenix finished sixth in the draft, last year, but I think they'll have more points, this year. Hopefully Gretzky gets canned, and that would be enough, in itself, to save them from the lotto. If not, all the young guys are a year older and we've been promised another top six, veteren scorer. So...

Doan-Mueller-*New Guy*<---Hopefully Mueller can rebound, maybe "new guy" is Alex Tanguay
Upshall-Lombardi-Boedker<---Upshall and Lombardi were so good together in their short time here
Prucha-Hanzal-Vrbata<---Vrbata had 27 goals in his last go around as a Coyote
Korpikoski-Fiddler-Tikhonov
*Goon*

Jovanovski-Michalek
Aucoin-Sauer
Yandle-Vandermeer
Lepisto

Bryzgalov<---Should be even better in his second full year as a starter
Montoya/LaBarbera

...I think that's more like a bubble team than a basement team, really. Especially considering that guys like Mueller, Boedker, Hanzal, Tikhonov, and Yandle all have another year under their belts. Maybe we'll even pick outside of the top ten for the first time in years.
I'm curious rt, do you not expect Turris to be playing with Phoenix from the start of the year?

I know that the Avalanche will likely be in contention for the 1st overall pick. The only thing that will stop them from being a contender for 1st overall would be if Anderson establishes himself as a legitimate starting goalie in the NHL. As for the other teams, fans of every team are going to point to off-season moves and other circumstances to show why they won't be a bottom-5 team, but obviously some teams are going to have to be at the bottom every season. It will likely be close to the teams that finished at or near the bottom this season with 1 team that inevitably will be near the bottom due to a horrible run of injuries.


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Leafs

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-Islanders
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-Panthers
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Phoenix is just too unproven in my opinion. Gretzky is also a terrible coach. They won't make it until he gets canned.

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Islanders, Tampa, Avs, Trashers I think are going to be back in the running for #1. For the 5th team, I think it will be the Coyotes.
I hate the fact that teams can draft in the top 3 for 2+ years in a row, its not fair for teams that actually try and win games

whatever

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-Islanders
-Avalanche
-Panthers
-Sabres
-Coyotes

Phoenix is just too unproven in my opinion. Gretzky is also a terrible coach. They won't make it until he gets canned.
All of these teams have a better prospect pool than Toronto, I hope the Leafs get a high pick this year

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Agreed. After seeing this lineup, I completely change my mind. That is a good forward crew the Yotes have there.
That good forward crew was 27 in GF last season and they removed Jokinen + Reinprecht. The Phoenix Coyotes forward group is nothing but potential at this point. To say that it is a good crew is just ignorant.

Is it a good crew of young players? For sure. Is it a good NHL offense? Nope.

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That good forward crew was 27 in GF last season and they removed Jokinen + Reinprecht. The Phoenix Coyotes forward group is nothing but potential at this point. To say that it is a good crew is just ignorant.

Is it a good crew of young players? For sure. Is it a good NHL offense? Nope.
With those young players, a year of development could be good for them. Lombardi and Upshall were great for the Yotes down the stretch. They could be 50-60 point players next season. Mueller was hit with the sophomore jinx and if he rebounds, he could put up 60+ points. Their 3rd line is a pretty good checking line that can score.

Yes, they are unproven but I think they could surprise next season (Yeah, we've all been saying this for years, but I think this lineup is a good mixture of vets and young players.

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I hate the fact that teams can draft in the top 3 for 2+ years in a row, its not fair for teams that actually try and win games

whatever
Yeah so do I but that's how it works.

..and it's not like there isn't a consequence on being a bottom feeder year in, year out. They could lose a lot of fans as well. But they get it back anyway after they get their stud prospects...okay yeah. It sucks.

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I hate the fact that teams can draft in the top 3 for 2+ years in a row, its not fair for teams that actually try and win games

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I'm sure teams just love being the worst in the league so they can get top picks

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Avs, Coyotes, Isles, Sabres and... wild

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Avs, Coyotes, Isles, Sabres and... wild
Why the Wild? I think they'll do fine...barring Richards isn't totally incompetent.

Leafs definitely...outside of that it's hard to tell. Avs? Possibly. Stars might be a surprise bad team.

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Why the Wild? I think they'll do fine...barring Richards isn't totally incompetent.

Leafs definitely...outside of that it's hard to tell. Avs? Possibly. Stars might be a surprise bad team.
The Wild are a mystery to me. I could see them making the playoffs or finishing near the bottom. It is really hard to tell.


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Aves and Panthers I think will be fighting it out for the last spot in the NHL.

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I hate the fact that teams can draft in the top 3 for 2+ years in a row, its not fair for teams that actually try and win games

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I cannot speak for the other top 5 worst teams last year but for the Isles I can say they had by far the most injuries in the league. They lost their best player in Dipietro all year and were playing kids 3 quarters of the season. No doubt in my mind they did not tank, they were just outmanned in many areas. It's an injustice to say the young Isles did not try to win games.

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I'm sure teams just love being the worst in the league so they can get top picks
Dare I mention the Pens or do I just not go there, sista.


The Leafs could boom or bust. We don't have a lot of offense, but then again, that was said before the 07-08 season and we topped out at 10 in goals forced

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NYI, Colorado, or Phoenix

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I dunno why.. But I feel enthusiastic for the Avs chances this year. I think we'll shock alot of people. I like the forward group, excited to see some new young faces thrust into a scoring role. D is still iffy. But Anderson is exciting too, hopefully he continues his success. I dont need another year of the Budaj. lol

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if the offence dies, the Leafs will be there.

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I cannot speak for the other top 5 worst teams last year but for the Isles I can say they had by far the most injuries in the league. They lost their best player in Dipietro all year and were playing kids 3 quarters of the season. No doubt in my mind they did not tank, they were just outmanned in many areas. It's an injustice to say the young Isles did not try to win games.

You may want to look at the Blues injuries from last year....

I would say Atlanta, NYI, and Colorado will be the worst teams in the league again, and I don't think Toronto will be that much better.

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If Leclaire struggles I don't think Ottawa has a solid enough defence to keep them afloat. And depends on the Heatley situation

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