- 08/18/2010, 05:05PM ET
cowace2 said 08/18, 05:05 PM
1. Pittsburgh Penguins. This is a team that was ultra-aggressive in free agency. They added players who do what you need to do to win in the playoffs: block shots, play strong in your own zone, and play physically everywhere. If MAF holds his stuff together, this is your Cup favorite.
2. Washington Capitals. The best regular season team last year just couldn't get it done in the playoffs. This year will be different. Their defense will be more mature and less stupid (read: Mike Green), Ovechkin will be at his best, and Backstrom will emerge as one of the top 5 centers in the game.
1. Vancouver Canucks. This is now the deepest team in the NHL. They run two excellent top lines (including personal favorite Ryan Kesler) and two solid checking lines, their defense is deeper than last year, and they have one of the best goaltenders in the game. Plus, Buff is out of the West. Finals all the way.
2. LA Kings. Best young talent in the game (Doughty), emerging talent everywhere, an ultra-physical group of forwards, and an elite talent in Kopi. With or without Kovi they are going to be a force next year as their young core reaches their stride.
Chosen1 said 08/19, 04:51 PM
Had a job to do today so I am getting to this late and will keep it short and simple.....
Blackhawks over the Kings
The old saying goes to be the man you've to beat the man......
In the NHL that man or in this case team is the defending champs the Chicago Blackhawks
I have heard so much talk about how they lost this guy or they lost that guy and it is true they lost a number of players from last season. Here is the thing though they still bring back a very strong core group that consists of Kane, Toews, Brouwer, Keith, Seabrook, Kopecky, Sharp, Campbell, Hossa and Hjalmarsson.
Say what you want about how they lost this guy the fact is they still got their top guys. They still have talent and they are still a threat to go all the way.
Kings have some holes in the forward position which is why they chased after Kovalchuk pretty hard this off season just to end up getting rejected. Plus they lost Alexander Frolov to the Rangers. So really I dont know if you should be hyping up those forwards too much.
more to come this just off the top of my head it'll get better. Good luck
Chosen1 said 08/21, 04:18 PM
Honestly right now I am already not feeling this throwdown...
You started it later than what the deadline for starting the throwdowns was which was fine by me but you followed it up with a forfeited turn....
Really the most important part about the Blackhawks is they are returning with first and second line and pretty much brought back everyone on defense.
So what they now have to focus on is the third and fourth line which they have the talent pool to do. So lets look at some of their options
Dave Bolland- injured for most of last year but 47 points for them in 08-09
Kyle Beach- 11th overall pick in 2008 and is only 20
Jack Skille- 7th overall pick in 2005 and is only 23
Jeremy Morin- 49th overall pick in 2009 and is only 19
as well as guys like Stalberg, Dowell and a number of other players who are wanting to prove something.
The Blackhawks still have the core to help carry them all the way and they have enough talent around them that if they mesh another run at the Cup is quite possible.
I really didnt feel inspired to put much in to my 2nd argument at this point Im ready for this td to end.
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