Discussion in 'National Hockey League Talk' started by CromLeafsFan, Sep 25, 2018.
What team will we see the biggest drop this season, Ottawa Senators style?
none of us know for sure but nonetheless, here are my guesses:
Anaheim is an interesting pick. I think the only way that happens is if Gibson gets hurt early and they go deep into a hole.
Colorado would also be interesting because how often do we see a team with multiple (potential) top lottery picks. NJ wouldn't surprise me, but if Philly misses that's a shocker. It'd have to be the end of Hakstolls career in Philly
My picks are:
CBJ (especially if Panarin is moved)
Since 13-14, there have been 15 top 10 teams that missed the playoffs the following season. Each season, at least one top 3 team has missed too.
Going by the average, 3, maybe 4 of these teams will miss the playoffs in about 6 months. If you go by the final overall ranking of the teams that missed, the likeliest this year would be Minnesota and Pittsburgh, followed by Winnipeg, TB, and Toronto. This is all scientific, so please get upset...now.
ARE YOU SAYING MY LEAFS ARE GONNA MISS THE PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!....would be interesting to see the collective meltdown the HF would have lol
Biggest drop will be Vegas.
Since all non-playoff teams are lottery teams, there will be several that drop. I don’t think any playoff teams from last year fall to bottom 5.
if Hellebuyck gets hurt or has a horrible year, Wiinipeg is going to be in deep trouble.
I think Vegas, will drop most.
I think they ride a wave last year that isn’t around this year. They aren’t underdogs anymore.
You can never trust the Flyers until they actually make the playoffs twice in a row. 11-12 season was the last time they made the playoffs in consecutive years and those were the times when they still had guys like Pronger and Timonen on the back end. I like the Flyers offense and think it's good enough for a playoff team, but the defense + goaltending isn't very comforting until more young guys start taking over and i don't know if that's going to happen yet.
Maybe a team that surprisingly misses in the East.
In general though, i'd look at teams that might have problems keeping the puck out of their net while getting great years out of their top players offensively last season. If the top guys aren't shifting momentum in your favor as much as they did last year and you bleed goals against it's common sense you start losing games.
Y’all discounting Vegas as a legit playoff team are crazy. THEY MADE THE FINALS last year and they did it handidly.
I’m not getting fooled again.
I think the only way the make the playoffs is if Fleury plays out of his mind again. On paper, that team is middle of the pack. Yes Patches helps, but if their D faulters, or Fleury isn't godly, I struggle to see them making the playoffs. I could also be completely wrong and they'll win the cup and I'll be sitting here going "well ****"
My pick is for the Jets or Leafs to miss the playoffs, maybe both. Seems like Canada teams take turns with major disappointments. Calgary. Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton have had recent turns, Leafs/Jets are next
Went with Anaheim. As to Vegas getting Patches and Stastny helps them, they make the playoffs again.
Maybe Philly and Colorado too?
Teams that made it because their top guys had career years. I don't expect Hall to win another Hart and I don't expect Karlsson to score 78 points again. CBJ has a solid squad, but who knows how things go with Panarin.
Then we will probably have a legit contender like Toronto, Winnipeg, Tampa, or San Jose miss because they just get ravaged by injuries. It happened to Tampa two years ago, it's really just luck of the draw.
Columbus is my leading candidate. The combination of Torts at the helm and the Panarin situation could make for a explosive situation.
Boston - Depends on Bergeron's health.
New Jersey - Lack any sort of depth and will require Hall to have another monster season which is possible but also asking a lot.
All the top teams can miss it all depends on how much goes wrong.
Colorado. Crappy D and Goaltending will bring them back down to earth.
Multiple lottery picks will sure help that rebuild though
Pittsburgh won't miss, they've made it 12 years in a row and still have their cup winning lineup mostly intact.
Any team that gets hit with the injury bug.
I know it’s just preseason, but they haven’t looked like that “middle of the pack” on paper team. On paper means nothing anyway. I’m a sharks fan, I know that well
I kinda expect the Avs regressing or being bubble team but D's wouldn't be the problem IMO. If they don't make playoffs, secondary scoring will be the problem if our top lane can't carry this team. Goaltending might be an issue too if Varly and Grubauer doesn't show up. If then I hope Francouz can somehow help us.
What do you mean by lottery team? Every team that misses the playoffs is a lottery team. This term from back when the top 5 only could pick 1st overall is outdated, most people who use it still mean that, but it's incorrect and you never know what they mean because of it.
I'll say New Jersey, Philly, Colorado, Vegas, and Minnesota
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