Re: THN's Adam Proteau picks Boston to finish second in the EC
posted at 9/12/2010 6:10 PM EDT
You neat me to the punch. IF Ward and Staal stay healthy. Cole is a decent player but a season doesnt hinge on him. If either Staal or Ward go down they are done. In fact I will put Carolina in the basement of the Divison. A goalie and a star center can only do so much. They may hang in there but there are way too many teams that improved. They werent one of them.
sso- I think your projections are close. But I see Pitt and Washtington on top. Washington may slump in the playoffs, but this team actually got better this off season. The addition of Carlson and Alzner is a huge plus. They are also one of the younger teams in the league. They will only get better if thats at all possible.
Pitt- it doesnt matter who Crosby plays with...lord you and I would score 20 on his line. Kunitz is a good fit when healthy. Dupi is just a role player. They are better than last year....they may miss Gonchar...but they added two very good pieces that are much more important than an aging Gonchar. Their top 4 def are as good as any.
NJ- its hit or miss with that group. Def is better...offense should be. But Johnny Mac came from the same NJ system that shut teams down. I would be shocked if they completely go all offense. Parise and Kovy are a nice duo...they need to shed cap sapce.
Philly- I agree- very good....very very good team and in my eyes the best def core in the league. Lots of depth up front. They could slide into the top 2.
Buff- agai, I never count them out but losing Myers partner is gonna hurt. Might drop out on my list.
Tampa- depends on how the new coach does- lots of fire power...defense is better and up front they are stacked.
Ottawa- underated but aging. I see them making a deal at some point either trading Spezza or Fisher. I just don't like the team chem there. And their goaltending is always in question. But as you said, very hard to play against.
Montreal- should be better point wise this year. The team last year was thrown together and they had injuries. I think Subban really helps the def core and they could surprise again. They have 2 solid lines and decent def. Price is playing for his next contract and they have a capible backup...they will bump Buffalo out in my mind.
Its really gonna be a tight race...can\t wait for it to start up