Follow on Twitter. Tommy Wingels and Matt Nieto are pretty underrated as third-liners too. Another eight were added in the subsequent decade to reach 30 teams by Patrik Elias is hurting to start the season and Travis Zajac has been the subject of trade rumours, mostly to join Lamoriello in Toronto. NHLAllStar pic. Eat up, bud. In time, that group has the makings of something special, but the present is going to be pretty depressing for Hurricanes fans. GM Steve Yzerman uses his Jedi powers to manipulate the lottery balls, earning the Red Wings the top pick in the draft and a franchise player in Alexis Lafreniere. Load more.
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ROARKE: The Stanley Cup Playoffs are going to be all about redemption. San Jose, which has fallen short so many times, finally wins its first Cup. NHL Predictions: Season Preview and Predictions I think that they've regressed significantly and that it will show in the standings in
Vancouver had a great run this season, but the Red Wings, with all of their experience and championship rings, remain the team to beat.
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Chara, the longtime captain, is 38 years old and has a lot of hard miles on his 6-foot-9 frame. John Hynes will lead the Predators to a Stanley Cup. All-Stars talk Ovechkin's absence, chase for Los Angeles Kings.
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Oscar Klefbom overcame his injury history to emerge as a bright spot on the back end and earned a seven-year extension for his efforts. It's a seemingly endless debate: Should the league alter its standings strategy?
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|Kris Versteeg and Nathan Gerbe are probably the next-best forwards, so Carolina is clearly lacking depth up front.
Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson also have fairly high ceilings, while former first-rounder John Moore will be looking to bounce back after getting bought out by the lowly Coyotes this summer.
Fedor Tyutin is a veteran presence, while Kevin Connauton still has some untapped upside too. If that is the case again, keep an eye out on the Dallas Stars.
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Depending on the return, that would be a big blow to the blue-line — leaving Tyler Myers, Tobias Enstrom, Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart as the top-four. Tyler Johnson is a budding star and his wingers, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat, are the perfect complement.
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Add it all up and you can see why some people are overly optimistic, but lest we forget, the Sabres have actually been the worst team in hockey for two years running — twice losing the draft lottery — and thus remain a work in progress. Assuming at least a couple of Jakob Silfverberg, Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell take steps forward in their development, the Ducks will be a force to reckon with.