Re: Evaluating the Division
posted at 7/7/2013 9:04 PM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
In response to shuperman's comment:
None of these teams have the deep center brigade of Krejci, Bergeron, Kelly/Soderberg and Campbell and this is what I think helps separate the Bruins from the others. Here in Toronto the Bozak signing was pretty big. Presumably he's their top line C followed by Kadri then Bolland with Jay McClement centering Orr and McClaren on the fourth line.
IMO Bozak, at best would center Boston's third line. The Bruins will be in the thick of things at the top of the conference despite what I anticipate are forecasts from some who predict a backslide due to changes in the roster.
Det has a nice center set up, pitt has two of the best centers in the world and sutter, philly isnt too shaby either. [/QUOTE]
Pittsburgh added Scuderi to a team that got swept by the Bruins. The Flyers haven't recovered since Pronger went down, added Lecavalier, Streit and Emery.
I see no vast improvement from either. Boston, NYI, NYR, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Detroit make the playoffs in 2015, No philly cheese steak.
Yes. One series. It got swept by a bruin team where AF was every bit as important as chara or anyone. No horton, no seguin, no jagr, no peverly. Different team next year that will run out rookies on def as well.
Pitt also has young guys that will get a chance. Beau Bennett is good. you may not see value in adding scuderi but he will partner up and settle down letang. Their 5 def are good. I dont take anything away from pitt. Its a solid club. The caps essentially have the same team as well that beat us in 7. Means diddly pooh for next year.
I agree on philly, i do see an upgrade though. Vinny big body leader who can still play as your 2nd line center, lots of young guns with another year under their belts. Streit helps in puck movement. Philly def last year would have been good in the 80s. Todays nhl you need to skate and move the puck. Streit upgrades their def for sure, vinny is an upgrade over briere, emery is an upgrade over anything bryz could do.
I think most teams in the east got better, caps with a healthy erat n laich will be good, young def, full season of oates who really did well. Carolina will be better as well. The east is powerful.
But i agree i dont think they are massive earth shaking differences. But sometimes no change is good. Hawks- no deadline deals.