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So i started to make NHL News. Last teams will come after season started because i am very busy in work and cant turn pc on between Monday-thursday.

 

Playoff Prediction

 

East

 

Metropolitan

 

  1. Pittsburgh

  2. Washington

  3. Columbus

 

Atlantic

 

  1. Tampa Bay

  2. Toronto

  3. Boston

 

Wild Cards

 

  1. Florida

  2. New York I

 

Team who can Surpise and go in

 

  1. Montreal

  2. Philadelphia

 

 

West

 

Central

 

  1. Minnesota

  2. Nashville

  3. Winnipeg

 

Pasific

 

 

  1. Vegas

  2. Anaheim

  3. San Jose

 

Wild Cards

 

  1. St. Louis

  2. Los Angeles

 

Teams who can surprise and go in

 

  1. Dallas

  2. Edmonton

 

 

 

 

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Anaheim

 

 

 

 

Captain: Ryan Getzlaf

 

Alternate Captains: Ryan Kesler, Corry Perry

 

Coach: Randy Carlyle

 

GM: Bob Murray

 

Most Underrated: Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson

 

Most Overrated: Corry Perry

 

Biggest Leader: Ryan Getzlaf

 

MVP: John Gibson

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. John Gibson 50-60 game

  2. Ryan Miller 25-35 Game

 

All-star line:

 

Richard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Adam Henrique

Cam Fowler – Hambus Lindholm

John Gibson

 

Second all-star line:

 

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Corey Perry

Josh Manson – Brandon Montour

Ryan Miller

 

Strong point: Goalies and top four d-group. Team have solid goalie duo. Miller is one of best back up goalies in the league and Gibson can challange in the Vezina. Also they very young D-group remind a lot Nashville group from two-three season ago.

 

Weak point:

 

Wingers, need help to wingers group. Wingers group is thin and would need boost from either Perry or from trade.

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Probably will go to playoffs, can get advang on playing in weaker division than Central.

 

Arizona

 

 

Captain: Oliver Ekman-Larson

 

Alternate Captains Derek Stepan, Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarson, Brad Richardson

 

Coach: Rick Tocchet

 

GM: John Chayka

 

Most Underrated: Antti Raanta

 

Most Overrated: Oliver Ekman Larsson

 

Biggest Leader: Derek Stepan

 

MVP: Antti Raanta

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Antti Raanta 55-65

  2. Darcy Kuemper 20-25

 

All-star line:

 

Alex Galchenyuk – Derek Stepan – Clayton Keller

Oliver Ekman-Larson – Alex Goligoski

Antti Raanta

 

Second all-star line:

 

Michael Grabner - Christian Dvorak – Christian Fischer

Niklas Hjalmarsson – Jason Demers

Darcy Kuemper

 

Strong point: Raanta in the goal, is Vezina levl goalie

 

Weak point:

 

Very thin offensive group, some young players who can raise lvls, but offense group is full of question marks

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Dropp out form playoffs, can surprise and baddle on last playoffs spot, but will dropp out.

 

 

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Boston

 

 

 

 

Captain: Zdeno Chara

 

Alternate Captains: Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci

 

Coach: Bruce Cassidy

 

GM: Don Sweeney

 

Most Underrated: Torey Krug

 

Most Overrated: David Backes

 

Biggest Leader: Zdeno Chara

 

MVP: Patrice Bergeron

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Tuukka Rask 50-60

  2. Jaroslav Halak 25-35

 

All-star line:

 

David Pastarnak – Patrice Bergeron – Brad Marchand

Torey Krug – Charlie McAvoy

Tuukk Rask

 

Second all-star line:

 

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara – Brandon Carlo

Jaroslav Halak

 

Strong point: First line is one of NHL best, also goalie group is strong

 

Weak point:

 

Secnd line wingers is minor question mark, in there team need help after losing Rick and Riley Nash

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Will be third in they hard division, this division is very even and fight will be hard, will be in last wild card or third position in division. Will need help to go longer in the playoffs.

 

Buffalo

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Jach Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Zach Bogosian

 

Coach: Phil Housley

 

GM: Jason Botterill

 

Most Underrated: Marco Scandella

 

Most Overrated: Jason Pomminville

 

Biggest Leader: Jason Pomminville and Marco Scandella

 

MVP: Jack Eichel

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Carter Hutton 45-50

  2. Linus Ulmark 45-50

  3. Goalie acquisition possible

 

All-star line:

 

Jeff Skinner – Jach Eichel – Okposo

Rasmus Ristolainen – Marco Scandella

Carter Hutton

 

Second all-star line:

 

Vladimir Sobotka – Sam Reinhart – Conor Seary

Rasmus Dahlin – Zack Bogosian

Linus Ullmark

 

Strong point: Toup 4 D group is young and key to they success

 

Weak point: Team lost big players in last season and this summer like Kane and O'Reilly. Players who came to they spot cant fill leaving players spot. Offence group is weak point. Also Hutton is question mark as starter goalie and Ullmark is rookie.

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Will be last places in the NHL, i know i predicted Vegas in last places too (last year), but i dont think Buffalo can make samekind surprise, they compite last three spot of NHL in coming season.

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Calgary

 

 

 

 

Captain: Mark Giordano

 

Alternate Captains: Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund

 

Coach: Bill Peters

 

GM: Brad Treliving

 

Most Underrated: Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik

 

Most Overrated: T.J. Brodie

 

Biggest Leader: Mark Giordano

 

MVP: Johnny Gaudreau

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Mike Smith 50-55

  2. David Rittich 15-20

  3. Jon Gillies 10-15

  4. Possible goalie acquisition

 

All-star line:

 

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – James Neal

Mark Giordano – Travis Hamonic

Mike Smith

 

Second all-star line:

 

Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Elias Lindholm

Noah Hanifin – T.J. Brodie

David Rittich

 

 

Strong point: Offensive Group

 

Weak point: Back up goalie situation. Gillies once one of most hyped goalie prospect, but is he ready to be back up goalie. They could take better back up before season opener. Good to remember also that they starter is already 36 year old.

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

I believe they take playoff spot in this year, maybe wild card or third spot in they division.

 

 

Carolina

 

 

 

 

Captain: Justin Williams

 

Alternate Captains: Jordan Staal, Justin Faulk

 

Coach: Rod Brind'Amour

 

GM: Don Waddell

 

Most Underrated: Sebastian Aho, Dougie Hamilton

 

Most Overrated: Scott Darling

 

Biggest Leader: Jordan Staal

 

MVP: Sebastian Aho

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Petr Mrazek 45-55

  2. Scott Darling 35-45

 

All-star line:

 

Teuvo Teräväinen – Sebastian Aho – Jordan Staal

Dougie Hamilton – Jacob Slavin

Petr Mrazek

 

Second all-star line:

 

Andrei Svechnikov – Victor Rask – Justin Williams

Bree Pesce – Justin Faulk

Scott Darling

 

Strong point: Defence group is one of NHL bests

 

Weak point:

 

Lack of Wide in the offence group. First line is good, but after top 3. There is not big names and they will truly need help on that group.

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Will drop out. Offence group and goalies not good enough for playoff run. Mrazek could surprise in goal.

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Chicago

 

 

 

 

Captain: Jonathan Toews

 

Alternate Captains: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook

 

Coach: Joel Quenneville

 

GM: Stan Bowman

 

Most Underrated: Corey Crawford

 

Most Overrated: Brandon Saad

 

Biggest Leader: Jonathan Toews

 

MVP: Corey Crawford

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Corey Crawford 50-60 (if healthy)

  2. Cam Ward 25-35

 

All-star line:

 

Alex DiBrincat – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook

Corey Crawford

 

Second all-star line:

 

Brandon Saad – Nick Schmaltz – Artyom Anisimov

Jan Rutta – Connor Murphy

Cam Ward

 

Strong point: Goalies. Crawford if healthy is top 5 goalies if not even top 3. Was last season MVP for team.

 

Weak point: Offensive group lack of wideness what they had in past years when they made long playoff runs. Also D-group would need help. Toews and Kane big contracts tie teams hands a lot. Probably some forward trade coming.

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

For current team. I predict they will be out of playoffs. They lack of wideness in the top 6 in forward group same as 4-6 d-mans could be better. Crawford, great coach and GM can get them to playoffs tho. So they compite on last playoff spot, but dont be surprised if they drop out. I believe they could still make some forward trade before season or in mid-season.

 

Colorado

 

 

 

 

Captain: Gabriel Landeskog

 

Alternate Captains: MacKinnon, Erik Johnson

 

Coach: Jared Bednar

 

GM: Joe Sakic

 

Most Underrated: Mikko Rantanen

 

Most Overrated: Gabriel Landskog

 

Biggest Leader: Mikko Rantanen

 

MVP: Nathan MacKinnon

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Semyon Varlamov 40-45

  2. Philipp Grubauer 40-45

 

All-star line:

 

Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Barrie - Erik Johnson

Semyon Varlamov

 

Second all-star line:

 

Tyson Jost – Aalexander Kerfoot – Carl Söderberg

Ian Cole – Samuel Girard

Philipp Grubauer

 

Strong point: Goalies and first line.

 

Weak point:

 

Team second line and offensive wideness is big weakness to team also they dont have good enough d-group to go in the playoffs.

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Probably will be last place in Central division. Last season was exception because they had NHL hottest line, this year only one good line and goalies dont be enough to go in the playoffs.

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Wow this is really cool!  Go Tampa!!!

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Columbus

 

 

 

 

Captain: Nick Foligno

 

Alternate Captains: Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky

 

Coach: John Tortorella

 

GM: Jarmo Kekäläinen

 

Most Underrated: Zach Werenski, Pierre-Luc Dubois

 

Most Overrated: Nick Foligno

 

Biggest Leader: Boone Jenner

 

MVP: Sergei Bobrovski

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Sergei Bobrovski 55-65

  2. Joonas Korpisalo 20-30

 

All-star line:

 

Artemi Panarin – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Cam Atkinson

Seth Jones – Zach Werenski

Sergei Bobrovski

 

Second all-star line:

 

Boone Jenner – Alexander Wennberg – Oliver Bjorkstrand

David Savard – Markus Nutivaara

Joonas Korpisalo

 

Strong point: Goalies and defence group

 

Weak point: Center group need help. Coach. Tortorella is coach who is not long living in his teams, because his style eat team atmophere and motivation. Is this season when he got fired?

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

I think team should have gone longer last year playoffs, they have good team, i dont like Tortorella style to coach and i dont think he is right guy to lead this team to long playoff run. Go to playoffs but dropp in first or second round.

 

 

 

Dallas

 

 

 

 

Captain: Jamie Benn

 

Alternate Captains: Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, John Klingberg

 

Coach: Jim Montgomery

 

GM: Jim Nill

 

Most Underrated: Radek Faksa, Esa Lindell

 

Most Overrated: Anton Khudobin

 

Biggest Leader: Jamie Benn

 

MVP: Tyler Seguin

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Ben Bishop 50-60

  2. Anton Khudobin 25-35

 

All-star line:

 

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov

John Klingberg – Esa Lindell

Ben Bishop

 

Second all-star line:

 

Mattias Janmark – Radek Faksa – Jason Spezza

Marc Methot – Miro Heiskanen

Anton Khudobin

 

Strong point: First line in NHL best's. Young d-group can be NHL best in coming seasons

 

Weak point: New coach is question mark? Can he lead team to playoffs, roster is good enough to go in there. Second line would need help. Too much one line team.

 

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Team is bubble team. Sometimes new coach give you boost what you need. Spezza and Hanzal will benefit on new coach. Hitchock used them wrongly. Will wait Spezza come back to 50+ point man and Hanzal to 40-50 point man. Also team have young players who can product a lot more than last year. If team would play in east it would be playoff team, now its bubble team who can go to playoffs or not. Bishop was not big improvement in goal comparated to Lehtonen and Niemi in past two season. So they have to fix overall defence before they can go to playoffs.

 

 

Detroit

 

 

 

 

Captain: Henrik Zetterberg

 

Alternate Captains: Justin Abdlekader, Niklas Kronwall

 

Coach: Jeff Blashill

 

GM: Ken Holland

 

Most Underrated: Thomas Vanek

 

Most Overrated: Justin Abdelkader

 

Biggest Leader: Henrik Zetterberg

 

MVP: Dylan Larkin

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Jimmy Howard 40-50

  2. Jonathan Bernier 35-45

 

All-star line:

 

Henrik Zetterberg – Dylan Larkin – Thomas Vanek

Mike Green – Niklas Kronwall

Jimmy Howard

 

Second all-star line:

 

Gustav Nyquist – Fans Nielsen – Anthony Mantha

Danny DeKeyser – Trevor Daley

Jonathan Bernier

 

Strong point: Solid and good goalie duo

 

Weak point: Team should make total rebuilt, they still have old veterans in key roles when young players is not good enought to be in top 3 or top 6 roles (except Mantha and Larkin). I think its team time to change GM. Holland once best GM in the Hockey but now he havent been able to keep Detroit in the playoff train. Offense and defence group are not good enough to compite Playoff spot

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will be in lasts spot of NHL in coming season. When team start rebuild what is needed? Zetterberg probably will lose whole season and have to retire and he is team MVP when healthy in age of 38.

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Edmonton

 

 

 

 

Captain: Connor McDavid

 

Alternate Captains: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mulan Lucic, Adam Larsson

 

Coach: Todd McLellan

 

GM: Peter Chiarelli

 

Most Underrated: Kyle Brodziak

 

Most Overrated: Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson

 

Biggest Leader: Conor McDavid, Kriss Russell

 

MVP: Conor McDavid

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Mikko Koskinen 35-45

  2. Cam Talbot 35-45

 

All-star line:

 

Leon Draisaitl – Connor McDavid – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Darnell Nurse – Oscar Klefbom

Cam Talbot

 

Second all-star line:

 

Milan Lucic – Ryan Strome – Kailer Yamamoto

Kris Russel – Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

 

Strong point: Goalies and Center group. I wait that Koskinen will take number one slot in team. I am not Koskinen fan, but he is very very good goalie, so is Talbot too, but i think Koskinen can be very good starter in the NHL.

 

Weak point: Defence group need to better. EDM havent fixed that in more than five years, they have team who can go to playoffs if they add better defenders and second line forward to group.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Bubble team, could go in if goalies play great season and team secondary offense raise levl little bit. Need help to d-group. If team dropp its time to kick Chiarelli who has done awfull job as GM.

 

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

Captain: Aleksander Barkov

 

Alternate Captains: Vincent Trocheck, Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau

 

Coach: Bob Boughner

 

GM: Dale Tallon

 

Most Underrated: Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov

 

Most Overrated: James Reimer

 

Biggest Leader: Derek MacKenzie, Roberto Luongo

 

MVP: Aleksander Barkov

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Roberto Luongo 40-50

  2. James Reimer 35-45

 

All-star line:

 

Jonathan Huberdeau – Alexander Barkov – Vincent Trocheck

Keith Yandle – Aaron Ekblad

Roberto Luongo

 

Second all-star line:

 

Mike Hoffman – Nick Bjugstad – Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Matheson – Mark Pysyk

James Reimer

 

Strong point: Offensive group is one of NHL best's they top 9 is very good and very young. In top 6 all are below 30 year old and all top 6 players can make plus 60 points easily also top 9 is good.

 

 

Weak point: Top 3 d group is good, but next three is not good enough to long playoff run. Need one more good defender in group but is close to salary cap. Also team could need little bit better back up than Reimer. Is Luongo capable to lead team to long playoff run in age of 39. Also second year coach is minor question mark also.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will go to playoffs. In paper Florida team is very good team, so its a lot on coach hands if he can lead them to playoffs. How much Luongo can play and can he still be high lvl also will be biggest factor.

 

 

Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

Captain: Anze Kopitar

 

Alternate Captains: Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty

 

Coach: John Stevens

 

GM: Rob Blake

 

Most Underrated: Jake Muzzin

 

Most Overrated: Tanner Pearson

 

Biggest Leader: Anze Kopitar

 

MVP: Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Jonathan Quick 55-65

  2. Peter Budaj 20-25

 

All-star line:

 

Jeff Carter – Anze Kopitar – Tyler Toffoli

Drew Doughty – Jake Muzzin

Jonathan Quick

 

Second all-star line:

 

Ilya Kovalchuk – Adrian Kempe – Dustin Brown

Alec Martinez – Dion Phaneuf

Peter Budaj

 

Strong point: NHL best's core group. Quick, Doughty, Kopitar and Carter. Many teams core group is not so good as they core. D-group also they strong point as center group.

 

Weak point: I think Dustin Brown season from last year was just one good season and he go back to 30 points range and thats mean they would need more help to wingers group. Ilya Kovalchuk is big question mark, can he do what Jagr made when he came back from KHL? I dont think so. I think Kovalchuk will be in 40-45 points range.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will go to playoffs and there they are always been good, because so good core. Core need more help from others.

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On 9/21/2018 at 10:53 AM, von Rantala said:

Buffalo

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Jach Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Zach Bogosian

 

Coach: Phil Housley

 

GM: Jason Botterill

 

Most Underrated: Marco Scandella

 

Most Overrated: Jason Pomminville

 

Biggest Leader: Jason Pomminville and Marco Scandella

 

MVP: Jack Eichel

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Carter Hutton 45-50

  2. Linus Ulmark 45-50

  3. Goalie acquisition possible

 

All-star line:

 

Jeff Skinner – Jach Eichel – Okposo

Rasmus Ristolainen – Marco Scandella

Carter Hutton

 

Second all-star line:

 

Vladimir Sobotka – Sam Reinhart – Conor Seary

Rasmus Dahlin – Zack Bogosian

Linus Ullmark

 

Strong point: Toup 4 D group is young and key to they success

 

Weak point: Team lost big players in last season and this summer like Kane and O'Reilly. Players who came to they spot cant fill leaving players spot. Offence group is weak point. Also Hutton is question mark as starter goalie and Ullmark is rookie.

 

 

Playoff prediction:

 

Will be last places in the NHL, i know i predicted Vegas in last places too (last year), but i dont think Buffalo can make samekind surprise, they compite last three spot of NHL in coming season.

Now that the lineups are set, and the schedule has begun, still feel the same way?

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On 10/8/2018 at 1:46 AM, -=HipKat=- said:

Now that the lineups are set, and the schedule has begun, still feel the same way?

 

On lineups i just put top three forward from team to first allstar line and next three best to second All-star line. Example in PIT Malkin is in wing and in Toronto Matthews is in wing when Crosby and Tavares take center spots. Because i see that Crosby is little bit better than Malkin and Malkin has played in Wing i use him in there same to Matthews. Tavares is little bit better as overall play in center now, but Matthews probably will go past him. So dont watch too much line compos more who are in the lines. That show my opinion of top 6 in the forward group and top 4 in d- group.

 

Its little bit too early to say yet, if i am honest. Before last season i thought that Housley was best assist coach in the NHL and he could be Jack Adams winner in the future, but i see that he actually failed last season because he wasn't able to improve team. Lehner was solid goalie and they had solid d-group and good offense group last year, but Housley was leading them to worse game than Bylsma, even that Bylsma didnt have so good team to coach. They also lost couple key players what made they team weaker. On those i based my opinion. I hope they will play better this year and could surprise all. Housley is still good coach, they also have couple dynasty players like Ristolainen, Eichel and Dahlin. Hutton started well in goal, but its too early to say anything, i am surprised if iam honest that he has got all games, because i waited they share load to goalies evenly. Let see :)

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Minnesota

 

 

 

 

Captain: Mikko Koivu

 

Alternate Captains: Zach Parise, Ryan Suter

 

Coach: Bruce Boudreau

 

GM: Paul Fenton

 

Most Underrated: Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter

 

Most Overrated: Charlie Coyle

 

Biggest Leader: Mikko Koivu

 

MVP: Ryan Suter

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Devan Dubnyk 55-65

  2. Alex Stalock 20-25

 

All-star line:

 

Jason Zucker – Eric Staal – Mikael Granlund

Ryan Suter – Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk

 

Second all-star line:

 

Zach Parise – Mikko Koivu – Nino Niederreiter

Jonas Brodin – Jared Spurgeon

Alex Stalock

 

Strong point: Team Forward group is very good, one of widest. Wild have Greenway, Kunin, Eriksson Ek, Seeler, Belpedio, Soucy coming to roster in coming season and they make it very wide and very good. Team also have huge amount of leaders in group. Ex captains or ex Alternate or current Captains/Alternate list is probably longest in the NHL.

 

Weak point: Back up goalie is not good enough if Dubnyk injured, Lehtonen is still free so i hope Wild take him. Also playoff curse have to get broken. Washington broke it last year, so now its Wild time. Also Bruce is known for not trusting veteran players as much as young players, hopefully that not make any negative atmosphere in locker room.

 

Playoff prediction: Will go to playoffs and will be big challanger for the cup as long as all key players stay healthy.

 

 

Montreal

 

 

 

 

Captain: Shea Weber

 

Alternate Captains: Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron

 

Coach: Claude Julien

 

GM: Marc Bergevin

 

Most Underrated: Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry

 

Most Overrated: Phillip Danault

 

Biggest Leader: Shea Weber

 

MVP: Carey Price

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Carey Price 50-60

  2. Antti Niemi 25-30

 

All-star line:

 

Max Domi – Jonathan Drouin – Brendan Gallagher

Shea Weber – Jeff Petry

Carey Price

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Artturi Lehkonen – Philip Danault – Andrew Shaw

Karl Alzner – Mike Reilly

Antti Niemi

 

Strong point: Goalie spot looking good

 

Weak point: They have very thin offence group. They miss 40+ points mans, there is couple young guy who can surprise like Kotkaniemi, Lehkonen, Suzuki and Scherbak, and if they can product then team can surprise, but it could be to early to wait that group to product 40+ points.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Not be in the playoffs, but could surprise if young players product more than we wait.

 

Nashville

 

 

 

 

Captain: Roman Jose

 

Alternate Captains: Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis

 

Coach: Peter Laviolette

 

GM: David Poile

 

Most Underrated: Ryan Ellis

 

Most Overrated: Ryan Johansen

 

Biggest Leader: Roman Josi

 

MVP: Roman Josi and P.K. Subban

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Pekka Rinne 40-45

  2. Juuse Saros 40-45

 

All-star line:

 

Filip Forsberg – Kyle Turris – Viktor Arvidsson

Roman Josi – P.K. Subban

Pekka Rinne

 

Second all-star line:

 

Kevin Fiala – Ryan Johansen – Calle Järnkrok

Ryan Ellis – Mattias Ekholm

Juuse Saros

 

Strong point: NHL best defence group at least NHL best top 4 for wide range to others. (edit: San Jose tied situation after Karlsson Trade which was made after my news)

 

Weak point: Third line offence would need little bit help. As a paper, Nahsville is one of bests teams in NHL but they are lacking big 80+ pointman from offence group as good pointman to third line.

 

 

Playoff prediction: One of favorites to win Cup, will go to playoffs and could win the division and conference.

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New Jersey

 

 

 

 

Captain: Andy Greene

 

Alternate Captains: Brian Boyle, Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac

 

Coach: John Hynes

 

GM: Ray Shero

 

Most Underrated: Kyle Palmieri

 

Most Overrated: Cory Schneider

 

Biggest Leader: Andy Greene

 

MVP: Taylor Hall

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Cory Schneider 40-50

  2. Keith Kinkaid 30-45

 

All-star line:

 

Taylor Hall – Niko Hischier – Kyle Palmieri

Sami Vatanen – Will Butcher

Cory Schneider

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Marcus Johansson – Travis Zajac – Jesper Bratt

John Moore – Damon Severson

Keith Kinkaid

 

Strong point: Hard to find clear spot where they are most strongest comparated to other teams in NHL, but they have several good young players coming. Coach is strong point.

 

Weak point: They missing big players from D-group and Wingers and Centers. Only Hall and Hirchier is players who you can wait 50+ points seasons.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Last year coach made miracles and team was in the playoffs, they dont get full salary cap to use from owner so they lost some players. So will be out of playofss

 

 

New York I

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey

 

Coach: Barry Trotz

 

GM: Lou Lamoriello

 

Most Underrated: Anders Lee

 

Most Overrated: Andrew Ladd

 

Biggest Leader: Leo Komarov

 

MVP: Mathew Barzal

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Robin Lehner 35-45

  2. Thomas Greiss 20-30

  3. Christopher Gibson 15-25

  4. Possible goalie trade

 

All-star line:

 

Anders Lee – Mathew Barzal – Josh Bailey

Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk

Robin Lehner

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Jordan Eberle – Filppula – Brock Nelson

Pulock – Hickey

Christopher Gibson

 

Strong point: They offence group is better than probably many thinks, even that they lost Tavares they top 3 is very good and can be comparated to any other NHL team and they top 6 is also very strong.

 

Weak point: Defence group and goalie group. Lehner is good goalie but they could need better back up and to go long in the playoffs, they need better starter than Lehner who is irregular. D-group also is one of NHL weakest.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Trotz can lead them to playoffs and i believe he will give boost to team and we see Islanders in the playoffs. They truly need big name D-man in D-group to be bigger threat in the future.

 

 

New York R

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Jesper Fast, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad

 

Coach: David Quinn

 

GM: Jeff Gorton

 

Most Underrated: Mats Zuccarello

 

Most Overrated: Marc Staal

 

Biggest Leader: Henrik Lundqvist

 

MVP: Henrik Lundqvist

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Henrik Lundqvist 50-60

  2. I believe they try to find better back up who play 25-30 game

  3. Alexandar Georgiyev 5-10

 

All-star line:

 

Kevin Hayes – Mika Zibanejad – Mats Zuccarello

Kevin Shattenkirk – Brady Skeji

Henrik Lundqvist

 

Second all-star line:

 

Chris Kreider – Vladislav Namestnikov – Pavel Buchnevich

Neal Pionk – Marc Staal

Alexandar Georgiev

 

Strong point: Lundqvist is still top lvl goalie, which is team strong point. His big salary make it hard to trade him to team who compite on stanley. Team also have couple good young d-man coming

 

Weak point: Center group is one of NHL weakest, also offence group is lacking big names as overall

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will be in last places of East, they are totall rebuild situation. Jeff Gordon has made couple negative trades also. Like Namestnikov, J.T Miller trade was huge mistake from Gordon.

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oh boy Wild has been looking slow. We never been fastest team in  the NHL, but now we are super slow and thats worries me. We have to be quick in our passes. Dubnyk saved over 40 time in three of our four games. We give two time more shots than we take. Our young players, Granlund, Greenway, Kunin, Niederreiter, Coyle and Eriksson Ek are all good players but they are not fast skaters, they are avarage skaters or bellow avarage. Parise, Koivu and Staal are not fast skaters either, only fast skater of team is Zucker who have been our second best player after Dubnyk. We need to add some speed to our line up and fast, because NHL is changing and we havent been able to keep with it. I still think we can get to playoff, as long as we start play quicker hockey we are same team as last year, only new player in top 9 is Greenway, and we was fast team last year because we played quick puck moving game, we have to get back to that. We cant try to get wins by winning skating competation, we have to let puck do to work. We lost couple players (in freeagency or who was traded) who would help us, like Domi, Duclair, Galchenyuk and Pacioretty. I am waiting some move from our GM now.

 

 

 

EDIT. Maybe we could somehow get Nylander from TOR or Hayes from NYR or Kessel from PIT, I hear those could be available atm.

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I hope we will keep this line and Colorado will change places with Wild in your prediction for the play offs and final rankings  :). Still a big compliment again for all your work in analyses and teamdescriptions.

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Ottawa

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Mark Borowiecki, Zack Smith

 

Coach: Guy Boucher

 

GM: Pierre Dorion

 

Most Underrated: Matt Duchene

 

Most Overrated: Bobby Ryan

 

Biggest Leader: Marian Gaborik

 

MVP: Mark Stone

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Craig Anderson 50-55

  2. Mike Condon 25-30

 

All-star line:

 

Ryan Dzingel – Matt Duchene – Mark Stone

Thomas Chabot – Cody Ceci

Craig Anderson

 

Second all-star line:

 

Mikkel Bödker – Chris Tierney – Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Dylan DeMelo – Ben Harpur

Mike Condon

 

Strong point: Anderson is still good and underrated goalie, his stats havent been great last seasons, but its more to blame on team poor defence than his game.

 

Weak point: Where to start? After Karlsson trade team have worst defence group in whole league, they traded Brassard, Karlsson, Hoffman and Turis away in one year, and made they team worst in NHL because only solid return have been Duchene from Colorado. Is Dorion worst GM in history of NHL with Mike Milbury (who i think is worst GM in history of NHL) or is own Melnyk forcing Dorion to make all these moves.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Last place in NHL

 

 

Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

Captain: Claude Giroux

 

Alternate Captains: Wayne Simmonds, Andrew MacDonald, Sean Couturier

 

Coach: David Hakstol

 

GM: Ron Hextall

 

Most Underrated: Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds

 

Most Overrated: Jori Lehterä

 

Biggest Leader: Claude Giroux

 

MVP: Sean Couturier

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Brian Elliott 40-50

  2. Michal Neuvirth 20-25

  3. Anthony Stolars 15-20

  4. Alex Lyon 1-5

 

All-star line:

 

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jakub Vorachek

Shayne Gostisbehere – Ivan Provorov

Brian Elliott

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

James van Riemsdyk – Travis Konecny – Wayne Simmonds

Andrew MacDonald – Travis Sanheim

Anthony Stolars

 

Strong point: First line is NHL bests, very good and also Giroux and Couturier are NHL best face off guys, also Couturier one of best two-way forwards thats why i valued him more in MVP ranking than Giroux. After van Riemsdyk siginin team also have very good second line. Team also have super talented goalie group with Stolars, Lyon and Hart, who all can be future starters in NHL.

 

Weak point: Team defence group is very thin, you should not be able to put MacDonald who was playing AHL couple year ago to in your second all-start line and as third d man. Was surprised that they didn't sign any d man or tryed to get Karsson from Ottawa. They still have 10 milj space in salary cap.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Team probably will give 2,5-2,8 goal per night because poor d-group so if they can make 3-3,5 goal per game from they two forward line they can go to playoffs, compite on last (playoff) place with Florida, Montreal, and New York Islanders, but d-group is biggest question mark and lack of big name starter in goal can be final decicing factor.

 

 

Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

Captain: Sidney Crosby

 

Alternate Captains: Yevgeni Malkin, Kris Letang

 

Coach: Mike Sullivan

 

GM: Jim Rutherford

 

Most Underrated: Olli Määttä

 

Most Overrated: Justin Schultz

 

Biggest Leader: Sidney Crosby

 

MVP: Yevgeni Malkin

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Matt Murray 50-60

  2. Casey DeSmith 15-20

  3. Tristan Jarry 15-20

 

All-star line:

 

Yevgeni Malkin – Sidney Crosby – Phil Kessel

Kris Letang – Olli Määttä

Matt Murray

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Jake Guentzel – Derrick Brassard – Patrick Hörnqvist

Brian Dumoulin – Justin Schultz

Casey DeSmith

 

Strong point: Center squad is probably NHL best (Crosby, Malkin, Brassard, Cullen) Also team d-group is better than many thinks, they have very solid and good top 6. Maybe some have better first pair than Pit.

 

Weak point: Winger squad could be better, when Malkin is used in center its leave only Kessel as star lvl winger to team.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Probably win they own division and is second or first in the east and you can wait long playoff run from them as long as Murray stay healthy.

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