Thursday, October 7, 2010

NHL Preview for the 2010-2011 Season

Last season was fantastic with a great Stanley Cup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Current Stanley Cup Winners, the Chicago Blackhawks. In this post i will cover my predictions for Standings, Stanley Cup Champions, Top Rookies, and the players i think will have great seasons.

Eastern Conference- (note top 8 teams make playoffs)
1. Washington Capitals
2. New Jersey Devils
3. Philadelphia Flyers
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Montreal Canadiens
6. Buffalo Sabres
7. New York Rangers
8. Boston Bruins
9. Carolina Hurricanes
10.Tampa Bay Lighning
11. Ottawa Senators
12. Atlanta Thrashers
13. Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Florida Panthers
15. New York Islanders

Western Conference: (again note top 8 teams make playoffs)
1. Vancouver Canucks
2. Chicago Blackhawks
3. San Jose Sharks
4. Detroit Redwings
5. Lost Angeles Kings
6. Colorado Avalanche
7. Phoenix Coyotes
8. Calgary Flames
9. Anaheim Ducks
10. Dallas Stars
11. Nashville Predators
12. St. Louis Blues
13. Minnesota Wild
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Columbus Blue Jackets

Stanley Cup Predictions

Penguins Defeat Redwings in 6

Top Rookies:

1. P.K. Subban: No not Seguin or Hall, but non other than P.K. Subban. For many of you guys who watch NHL often you might have noticed him get called up in the post season for the habs. He is a quick young defenseman who gets the job end on that side but also loves to sneak up to the other side of the rink and snipe shots from the Blue Line. Watch out for P.K.
2. Tyler Seguin- Yes, although he was taken behind Taylor Hall he was ranked above him in all the mock drafts. I Believe he is the best Offensive Rookie ahead of hall for his raw ability to score and make the extra pass. Just another stupid Executive Decision by the Oilers
3. Taylor Hall- He was the #1 pick in the draft so he must be good right? Yes, Hall will be sure to get some points for Edmonton this year getting paired up with breakout Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky who is back from Injury

Top Breakthrough Players
1. Brandon Dubinsky- He has been a solid player for the rangers, but this year i think he can really step it up a notch and become a close to elite player
2. Jussi Jokenin- He ended last season on a streak and will look to pick it up this season, and help Staal, the Hurricanes and company try to make the playoffs this year. Wathout for a 65+ point season
3. Jonathon Toews- the current Stanley Cup MVP will continue to shine and might pass Kane as the leading point scorer in Chi-City this year

By the Way: The NHL Season kicks off today with a few games over seas in Europe
The First game was Carolina vs Minnesota and The Canes took it 4-3

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