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San Jose

 

 

 

 

Captain: Joe Pavelski

 

Alternate Captains: Logan Couture, Joe Thornton

 

Coach: Peter DeBoer

 

GM: Doug Wilson

 

Most Underrated: Marc-Eduoardo Vlasic

 

Most Overrated: Evander Kane

 

Biggest Leader: Joe Thornton

 

MVP: Erik Karlsson

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Martin Jones 50-55

  2. Aaron Dell 25-30

  3. Antoine Bibeau 1-5

 

All-star line:

 

Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Erik Karlsson – Brent Burns

Martin Jones

 

Second all-star line:

 

Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Aaron Dell

 

Strong point: Top 3 D mans are best in the NHL with Nashville, its impossible to say which team have better top 3, Nashville or San Jose, San Jose top three is Karlsson, Burns and Vlasic when Nashville have Josi, Subban and Ellis. Its question of taste, which type d-mans u like more, Burns and Karlsson probably cant play together because both are super agressive in offensive zone and they need defensive defender as pair, when Josi is more two-way defender and Subban offensive d-man so Josi and Subban can play in same pair but Burns and Karlsson not. Vlasic is best d-man in defensive zone when Ellis from Nsh is great two-way defender. NSH has overall better d-group when you add Ekholm and Hamhuis in mix too. Would be interesting to follow how Karlsson and Burns can come a long with each others because both are very offensive defenders.

 

Weak point: Team would need little bit help in offence groups. Ecpecially in wings, Couture is probably used as wing even that he can play as Center too, so its leave only Couture and Kane as big name star wingers to group when Pavelski is used in center.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will go to playoffs and season decide if they want keep Karlsson or not, price was very cheap for them. Will probably go to conference finals because so good d-group even that need help to offence group.

 

 

St. Louis

 

 

 

 

Captain: Alex Pietrangelo

 

Alternate Captains: Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko

 

Coach: Mike Yeo

 

GM: Doug Armstrong

 

Most Underrated: Jaden Schwartz

 

Most Overrated: Jake Allen

 

Biggest Leader: Alex Pietrangelo

 

MVP: Vladimir Tarasenko

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Jake Allen 35-45

  2. Chad Johnson 25-35

  3. Ville Husso 25-35

 

All-star line:

 

Jaden Schwartz – Brayden Schenn – Vladimir Tarasenko

Alex Pierangelo – Colton Parayko

Jake Allen

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Alexander Steen – Ryan O'Reilly – David Perron

Jay Bouwmeester – Carl Gunnarsson

Ville Husso

 

Strong point: Center group is one of NHL deepests and bests. They signed O'Reilly and Bozak to team also got Perron from free second line is one of NHL bests too.

 

Weak point: Goalies are not good enough to go long playoff run, i predict that before playoff start they starter will be Husso and who knows maybe he can even compite on rookie award. Also couple year ago team had one of NHL best defence group and now after first pair, they group is bellow avarage.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Bubble team, last year i predict that team go to Yeo-losing streak as Wild went every year and that cost St. Louis playoff spot last year, they lost 10 game from 12 and eight or nine row, just which Wild got every year under Yeo. I predict that losing streak will happen this year too, and we will see if its cost them playoff spot again. In paper team should go to playoff.

 

 

Tampa Bay

 

 

 

 

Captain: Steven Stamkos

 

Alternate Captain: Ryan Callahan. Second A they rotate between 2-4 player

 

Coach: Jon Cooper

 

GM: Julien BriseBois

 

Most Underrated: Brayden Point

 

Most Overrated: Ryan Callahan

 

Biggest Leader: Ryan Callahan

 

MVP: Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Andrei Vasilevsky 60-65

  2. Louis Domingue 20-25

 

All-star line:

 

Brayden Point – Steven Stamkos – Nikita Kucherov

Victor Hedman – Ryan McDonagh

Andrei Vaslevsky

 

Second all-star line:

 

Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Yanni Gourde

Mikhail Sergachev – Anton Strålman

Louis Domingue

 

Strong point: Defence group is very good and deep. Also a lot leaders and young talented players in the group so team can be together long.

 

Weak point: Team second line is not as good as some biggest challangers. There they could need help.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will probably win Eastern Conference and could be seen in the Finals. Question mark is can Vasilievsky keep his lvl high all the season, he is playing one of best d-group and one of best two-way teams. Also Cooper is getting alot more from players than regular coach would get from they players.

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Toronto

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Patrick Marleau, Morgan Reilly, John Tavares

 

Coach: Mike Babcock

 

GM: Kyle Dubas

 

Most Underrated: Morgan Reilly

 

Most Overrated: Frederik Andersen

 

Biggest Leader: Patrick Marleau

 

MVP: Austin Matthews

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Frederik Andersen 50-60

  2. Garret Sparks 20-25

 

 

All-star line:

 

Austin Matthews – John Tavares – Mitchell Marner

Morgan Reilly – Jake Gardiner

Frederik Andersen

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

William Nylander (RFA) – Nazem Kadri – Zach Hyman

Nikita Zaitsev – Ron Hainsey

Garret Sparks

 

Strong point: Center squad and first pp unit. Team is still very young and most of players still have a lot potential to improve. Also coach is one of NHL best's

 

Weak point: Goalies are still minor question mark. I think Andersen is little bit overvalued as goalie and his GA% was higher than most of other playoff goalies had. Also d-group will need more help. They only have one very good d-pair and rest cant be comparated to other playoff teams d-pairs. Also they will be problems in the future after giving Tavares, Marleau and Matthews so big contrats so it will not be easy to fix d-group when they still need to do contracts with Nylander and Marner too.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Window is open for couple year before they hit to salary cap problems after making big contracts with Tavares, Marleau and Matthews. D-group is not good enough to go long in the playoffs. Ofc that could has been sayed on PIT too in past, but they had better goalies then than Toronto have now. PIT goalies was able to even sitaution comparated to others more than Tornto goalies can do. Anyway will go to second round and compite on division win in regular season.

 

 

Vancouver

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, Alexander Edler, Christopher Tanev

 

Coach: Travis Green

 

GM: Jim Benning

 

Most Underrated: Brandon Sutter

 

Most Overrated: Loui Eriksson

 

Biggest Leader: Brandon Sutter

 

MVP: Brock Boeser

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Jacob Markström 45-55

  2. Anders Nilsson 25-35

  3. Thatcher Demko 1-5

 

All-star line:

 

Sven Bärtschi – Bo Horvat – Brock Boeser

Christopher Tanev – Alezander Edler

Jacob Markström

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Loui Eriksson – Brandon Sutter – Elias Pettersson

Michael Del Zotto – Troy Stecher

Anders Nilsson

 

Strong point: They have couple very good and promising player which they can start build they team, those players are. Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson.

 

Weak point: Woah where to start, They probably have weakest first all-star line in NHL. Bärtschi who i had to put in left wing probably would not even fit in teams who are top 5 teams in NHL and most of teams he would be third/fourth line winger. Team have couple good third-line players and NHL lvl players but they are lacking top 6 players. They had to use in they top 6 guys who are not cabable to handle that role. Also d-group is also one of NHL weakest, they dont have any d-man who have potential to be 50+ point player and almost all the other teams have even one d-man who have potential to be 50+ point man. Its even hard to get 35 point from someone from d-group. Also goalies are not good enough to compite in high NHL lvl.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Last places in the NHL.

 

 

Vegas

 

 

 

 

Captain: -

 

Alternate Captains: Deryk Engelland, Reilly Smith (rotate third A between several players)

 

Coach: Gerard Gallant

 

GM: George McPhee

 

Most Underrated: William Karlsson

 

Most Overrated: Cody Eakin

 

Biggest Leader: Max Pacioretty

 

MVP: Jonathan Marchessault

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury 55-60

  2. Malcom Subban 5-10

  3. Oskar Dansk 5-10

  4. Goalie addition to back up role

 

All-star line:

 

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Max Pacioretty

Shea Theodore – Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Erik Haula – Paul Stastny – Reilly Smith

Nate Schmidt – Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

 

Strong point: Wide offensive group who is still young. Team also have very good role players in third line and fourth line. Last year MVP Fleury is also very strong point for the team.

 

Weak point: Team did lose couple players but also signed and traded couple key player to team. There is risk that adding big names to big roles ruin team atmosphere and motivation. Last year team got motivation because they was trusted bigger role than in old teams, now team message was that they was not good enought because they did take other big names to big roles instead of keeping same team togeter. Also D-group is still minor question mark. It would need help as back up goalie position.

 

 

Playoff prediction: Will go to playoffs, last year i did fail with this team and it could happen again, if team motivation and atmosphere is ruined by adding new players to big role and showing that they didnt trust old players enough, but top 3 from last year still get big minutes so i want to believe change was not too big. Need help in d-group to long playoff run. Dropp against San Jose in second round or first round depent when they will see in playoffs.

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Washington

 

 

 

 

Captain: Alexander Ovechkin

 

Alternate Captains: Nicklas Bäckström, Brooks Orpik

 

Coach: Todd Reirden

 

GM: Brian MacLellan

 

Most Underrated: Nicklas Bäckström

 

Most Overrated: Tom Wilson

 

Biggest Leader: Alexander Ovechkin

 

MVP: Alexander Ovechkin

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Braden Holtby 55-65

  2. Phoenix Copley 5-10

  3. Possible back up signing/trade

 

All-star line:

 

Alexander Ovechkin – Niklas Bäckström – T.J. Oshie

John Carlson – Matt Niskanen

Braden Holtby

 

Second all-star line:

 

Andre Burakovsky – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson

Dimitry Orlov – Brooks Orpik

Phoenix Copley

 

Strong point: Core group of Ovechkin, Bäckström Kuznetsov, Carlson and Holtby is strong and powerfull and can compite on anyone on the league, they core is one of best in the NHL and they still have many years left in high lvl.

 

 

Weak point: Secondary winger group is weak, after Ovechkin and Oshie, team dont have star wingers what could cost them long playoff run this year.

 

 

Playoff prediction: New coach and lack of elite wingers can cost them longer playoff run, but team should be in the playoffs because strong core group.

 

 

Winnipeg

 

 

 

 

Captain: Blake Wheeler

 

Alternate Captains: Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Scheifele

 

Coach: Paul Maurice

 

GM: Kevin Cheveldayoff

 

Most Underrated: Mark Scheifele

 

Most Overrated: Jacob Trouba

 

Biggest Leader: Blake Wheeler

 

MVP: Blake Wheeler

 

Goalie Ranking:

 

  1. Connor Hellebuyck 60-65

  2. Laurent Brossoit 15-20

  3. Eric Comrie 5-10

 

 

All-star line:

 

Patrik – Laine – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler

Dustin Byfuglien – Josh Morrissey

Connor Hellebuyck

 

 

Second all-star line:

 

Nikolaj Ehlers – Bryan Little – Kyle Connor

Tyler Myers – Jacob Trouba

Laurent Brossoit

 

Strong point: Wingers group is one of NHL bests, and all the wingers are still young age. They also have a lot very underrated players. Put Wheeler to MVP role, because his leader lvl is very high and he have bigger value and role and respect on team than Hellebuyck. Even that Hellebuyck was Vezina finalist in last year, i saw that Wheeler actually was more important to team than Hellebuyck.

 

Weak point: Center squad need help and big time, Little is decent third line center but they need better second center to group, losing Stastny probably hurt team more than ppls think. They also need good two-way forwards to group.

 

 

Playoff prediction: One of favorites to go in the playoffs from most deepest division in NHL. All Central division teams could go to playoffs this year and Winnipeg has one of most talented teams. Playoffs they dropp in first or second round because they miss some veteran touch and second line center is question mark.

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