What team is a big surprise this year?

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  1. winnipegger

    winnipegger Registered User

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    Either a really good team on paper completely failing, or a terrible team on paper making the playoffs. Fair to say Vegas was terrible on paper and then went to the cup final.

    My vote is Vancouver. I think they compete for a playoff spot. I could see Arizona surprising the league as well. Eastern conference harder to say as I don't see the teams as much.
     
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    I have a "good" feeling about the Nucks as well. With that roster I think they'd do well to go full offense and it could result in an entertaining, 14/15 Flames type of a season. A lot of things need to go just right though, especially Petterson figuring out the NHL game immediately.
     
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    Viqsi thirtysomething grumpy grandma

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    It seems like damn near everybody has written off the Islanders, and I think that might be just a tad premature.
     
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    Carolina is an decent goalie away from making some noise IMO.

    Maybe Mrazek will help them break through this year? If I'm the Hurricanes, I'm looking to grab a keeper off the waiver wire like Hutchinson or Sparks if they become available as well. Only reason they didn't make it in last year.
     
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    Not sure if it would be a surprise but I think Chicago will bounce back and get back into the playoffs this year.
     
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    i have a feeling that arizona makes the playoffs this year. Good young team, on the back of there D and the goalie.
     
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    I think St Louis puts the rest of their division in the dust this year.

    Philadelphia is another team I could see taking a big step forward and surprising a lot of people in the East.
     
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    This feels like the first time in a while that most experts aren't picking Carolina as a breakthrough team, so going with Carolina having a good shot at it.
     
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    I’m hoping the bigger surprises come from good or high expectation teams not making the playoffs.
     
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    The West is wide open, especially the Pacific. In the East there's just very little room, so even if a team like Buffalo is greatly improved, a playoff spot is unlikely. I think Philadelphia, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Washington in the Metro, as well as the big 3 in the Atlantic are not going to be caught.

    I'll say Arizona.
     
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    Caps and Vegas will be failure for their expectations
    Philly and AZ will surpass expectations
     
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    They just have to get average goaltending one of these years and when they do, they're a playoff team.

    Also I think Svechnikov should have more hype.

    Also like Arizona to take a big step forward this season.
     
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    Agree that Arizona will be a lot better this season.

    I don't think the Habs will make the playoffs but they won't be as bad as many expect either.
     
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    i could see them miss the playoffs by a few points, with young players improving and taking bigger roles. For sure not a bottom feeder.
     
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    I think Carolina, Sebastian Aho in particular will exceed his already high expectations.
     
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    Panthers.
     
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    Rangers might not make the playoffs but they won't be far off. The reason I know this is that now that they are rebuilding, they're going to be just good enough to not get anywhere near the top 3 picks.
     
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    Guess? Sharks don't live up to expectations.
     
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    Edmonton Oilers miss the playoffs again

    McD or Talbot get hurt for any length and it's over
     
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    Flyers will be very good
     
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    Surprise! One of these posts. *yawn*
     
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    Canes are going to do more than just make the playoffs
     
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    Arizona and if hf is any indication, Vegas again.
     
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    I think Vegas has a proper expansion year
     
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    Maplebeasts I See Demons!!!!!

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    I think Buffalo will surprise and be in the playoff discussion, though I don't expect them to make it. I think SJ falls short of expectations but still make the playoffs with ease. I also think Columbus might take a step back if Panarin becomes too much of a distraction.
     

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