SWAMI 2015-16 GHC TEAMS (What does the Chrystal Ball Reveal)
OK Swami,last year you were right on with the Wild,Sabres,& Devils not making the Playoffs,BUT the Sharks as the team to beat,that pick was in Left-Field,they were Almost a Lotto Team! Course that trade of Mikko Koivu didnt help! With the Rookie Draft just around the corner,let’s see where everybody stands!
VANCOUVER- In the Cup Finals just two seasons ago,the “Nucks” fell all the way to the bottom of the League! On the Plus side, their 71 Points was the Highest Point Total for a last-place team in GHC History,which means a very competitive League! Rock solid Goaltending with Roberto Luongo,Craig Anderson, & Ben Bishop will keep games close again! Up front, Daniel Sedin & youngster Tyler Johnson will team with Louie Eriksson on the Top Line! Line 2 features Alex Galchenyuk with Henrik Sedin & Nickoli Kulemin on RW! Another youngster Boone Jenner will miss over half the season(38 GP),but gets 3rd line duty when playing with David Krejci at Center & Kyle Palmeri on RW! Krejci will also miss alot of games(47 GP),but Vancouver has plenty of Center-Ice Man to fill his spot(Zajac,Eakin,Jarnkrok)to name a few! On defense, Roman Josi(let me play this year Coach) & Chris Tanev were skating on the Top Line. Alexander Edler was paired with Dennis Seidenberg on line two! Marc-Edward Vlasic & Kevin Bieksa made up a very good Pair 3! Youngster Connor Murphy will see some action at RD,as Bieksa will miss 20 games! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 4 (Johnson 29,Eriksson 22,D Sedin 20,Galchenyuk 20) WISH LIST- RW/ Puck-Moving RD ROOKIE PICK- 3rd overall..Johnny Gaudreau/Mark Stone SWAMI SAYS: The young forwards are improving, but the Penalty-Kill could be a problem(Johnson only 4 defense rated forward)so at this point, Coach Gary Otteson needs to be patient, No Playoffs
MINNESOTA- The rebuild has started in Minnesota & it will continue another season! Coach Dave Lever’s Squad will be very competitive with Jonathan Quick in the nets as he will again face alot of rubber! The line combinations looked to be Veteran Henrik Zetterberg & Shane Doan on the Wings with Youngster Sean Monohan at Center-Ice! Monohan should have a breakout season as the Top Line Pivot on the Wild! Michael Raffl,Derrick Brassard, & Nathan MacKinnon make up line two,while Carl Hagelin,Paul Stastny, & Tommy Wingels patrol line 3! Jason Zucker(51 GP)could play LW on lines 2 or 3 as he scored 21 Goals in just 51 games! Brandon Pirri also could play anywhere on the 2nd or 3rd line,he had 22 Goals in 49 games & plays all 3 Forward positions! Antoine( The Hit Man)Roussell could also find himself on lines 2 or 3 at LW! On defense, veteran Gary Suter & Johnny Boychuk make up the Top Line! Youngster Hampus Lindholm & Alex Martinez( only 56 GP)make up line 2! Andrei Sekera was skating with both James Wisniewski & Brenden Dillon at RD,as they compete for that 3rd line spot at RD! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 4 (Monohan 31,Pirri 22,Zucker 21,Raffl 21) WISH LIST- Scoring RW/RD Help ROOKIE PICK- 2nd Overall… Johnny Gaudreau/Mark Stone SWAMI SAYS: If Ekblad doesnt go #1,he’ll go #2 as it would give the Wild a fighting chance at the post-season,but it looks to be another missed dance in May!
PHILADELPHIA- After finishing 13th a season ago,the Flyers retreated to 14th this past season! Coach Tony Doffin has promised the fans improvement,but it might be another season of development! No problems in the nets, as Corey Crawford & Fredrick Anderson will handle the duties! Zach Parise,David Backes, & James Neal will skate as line one! A young 2nd line see’s Elias Lindholm,Matthieu Perreault, & Sam Gagner together while Jeff Skinner,Val Filppula, & Andrew Cogliano make up line 3! Matt Read,Vinny LeCavlier & Joe Colborne were competing for 4th line sweaters with vets Derek Roy & Brian Boyle! On the back-end, Victor Hedman(59 GP) & Drew Doughty were clearly the #1 pair,but Hedman will miss a quarter of the season! Alex Goligoski & Justin Schultz were the line 2 pairing, while Willie Mitchell & Mark Stuart battled for line 3 LD with Mark Stone on RD! Seth Jones can play either side & was looking to bump someone out of a 3rd line spot! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 3 ( Parise 33,Backes 26,Neal 23 ) WISH LIST- More Scoring! ROOKIE PICK- #1 Overall- Aaron Ekblad SWAMI SAYS: Johnny Gaudreau or Mark Stone would fill needs now as the RD is pretty solid here,but Ekblad could be a cornerstone behind Doughty! No matter who they sign, still too thin up front,go ahead & reserve those tee times!
NEW JERSEY- “KING” Henrik Lundqvist tried to carry his Devils to a playoff spot last season,but a lack of consistent scoring led to a season-ending slide to 13th place! Coach Matt Hotchkiss has told Henrik he’ll get more rest this season(46 GP)as back-ups Ondej Pavelec & Eddie Lack will get some starts! #3 overall Rookie Pick in the 2013 draft Jonathan Huberdeau is on the Top Line with Derek Stephan & 2013 3rd rounder(38th overall) Tomas Tatar! A good draft for the Devils indeed! Matt Beleskey,Nick Bonino & Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr make up line two! Brayden Schenn,Vernon Fiddler & Nino Niederreiter skated as line 3! Tomas Hertl,John Mitchell,Patrick Berglund,Artem Anisimov,Lee Stempniak, & Chris Stewart all were vying for line 4 spots! Tanner Pearson(42 GP) could also see some action! Another 2013 draft pick,4th round(51st overall)Danny DeKeyser will be playing 1st line LD with Tyler Myers on RD! Eric Gelinas & Kyle Quincey skated line 2,while Barret Jackman & Jonathan Ericsson mind line 3 duties! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 3 ( Tatar 29,Niederreiter 24,Belesky 22) WISH LIST- Scoring Help! ROOKIE PICK: If Gaudreau & Stone are gone, could be Kevin Hayes! SWAMI SAYS: Give those Scouts a raise,have another good draft,cause the Chrystal Ball doesnt see Top 8 just yet!
BUFFALO- It looked like the Sabres would make the playoffs two seasons in a row last year,when they just fell apart & landed in 12th place! It might be more bad news this year! Sergei Bobrovsky again will get the bulk of games in Goal,while Jonas Enroth will be his back-up! Taylor Hall keeps his #1 spot on LW,but for only part of the season(53 GP),he will skate with Tyler Bozak & Jiri Hudler,as Hudler will be the “Man” on Buffalo this season! David Desharnais will see LW duty on line 2 with Darren Helm at Center & Jason Pominville on RW! Alex Burrows,Jean-Gabriel Pageau(50 GP) & Michael Frolik make up line 3! The energy line(line 4)will see Daniel Winnik,Riley Nash, & last years gun Andrew Shaw(he loves that 4th line). The 27 games that Hall misses will be filled by Pascual Dupuis(16 GP) & Johan Franzen(33 GP). Alex Chiasson looks to find a spot,as does crusher Cal Clutterbuck! On defense, Nick Kronwall & (thanks Dallas)Matt Niskanen are the clear #1 pairing! Torey Krug will partner with Dion Phaneuf ,while veteran John-Michael Liles(47 GP) & Eric Johnson(47 GP) will play half the season as line 3! Andre Benoit,Zybanek Michalek,& Dalton Prout will fill in when Liles & Johnson go down. 20 GOAL SCORERS- Just 2(Hudler 31,Bozak 23) WISH LIST- Scoring,Scoring,Scoring & a little help on LD! ROOKIE PICK: David Pastrnak SWAMI SAYS: Hang on to that Draft Pick,McDavid & Eichel are just around the bend! The Sabres are my basement pick & a 40% chance at #1 Pick next year! You’re Cruel Swami!
SAN JOSE- The team Swami said was the team to beat last season & all they did was get beat like a red-headed stepchild! On paper,they look decent again,but we have to play the games! In Goal, Cam Talbot & Jaroslav Halak will almost split the games(Talbot 36 GP). Gabriel Landeskog-Tyler Seguin & Vladimir Tarasenko skate as line one! Jaden Schwartz,Adam Henrique, & last years #33 overall pick Nikita Kucherov will line up as the #2 Line! Leaf us together as James Van Riemsdyk-Nazem Kadri & Phil Kessel( Toronto line)take the line 3 spots! Michael Boedker(45 GP),Lars Eller,& T J Oshie play on line 4! Alexander Barkov,Antoinne Vermette & Eric Fehr could also see ice-time! On defense, Jack Johnson & Dan Girardi have Top Line Billing! Keith Yandle & Mike Green go out as #2,while Marc Methot(45 GP) & Jason Garrison will share line 3 at LD with Zach Bogosian(62 GP) & Roman Polak at RD! Youngsters Oscar Klefbom,Calvin deHaan, & Eric Gudbranson just cant break the lineup yet! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 7 (Seguin 37,Tarasenko 37,Kucherov 29,Schawrtz 28,Van Riemsdyk 27,Kessel 25,Landeskog 23) WISH LIST- To play to their Potential! ROOKIE PICK: Stock Pile the Defense….John Klingberg SWAMI SAYS: The Team to beat(I said that last year & see what happened) Playoff Bound for sure, I’d ALMOST bet on it!
DALLAS- The Stars missed the Playoffs by a mere 3 points,thanks to a ho-hum 19-19-2 home record(We beg to go back to the LeColisee-Quebec)! Cory Schneider will only get 11 games off, as Coach Dale Hunter will lean on his Goaltender to carry the load! Up front, Brad Marchand,Pavel Datsyuk(63 GP)& Jarome Iginla will go out as the #1 Line! Last year’s 5th round pick in the Rookie Draft(73rd overall)Mike Hoffman has won the job as LW on line 2 with Nick Backstrom & Cam Atkinson! Line 3 will see Benoit Pouliot(58 GP) on LW with Ryan Kesler & Josh Bailey! Chris Higgins,Riley Sheahan-Jacob Silfverberg make up line 4! Jordan Stall (46 GP) & J. T. Miller will also see some ice-time! Depending on Coach Hunter’s mood,Tom Wilson might even crack the line-up! The defense will be led by Andrei Markov & Erik Karlsson on line one,followed by Jake Muzzin & T. J. Brodie, while Brooks Orpik & Dennis Wideman grab line 3 jobs! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 7 ( Iginla 29,Hoffman 27,Datsyuk 26,Marchand 24,Atkinson 22,Karlsson 21,Kesler 20) WISH LIST- To BEAT Los Angeles! Currently on 7-game home losing streak over last 3 seasons! ROOKIE PICK: I could use a Blackhawk on this team! SWAMI SAYS: Gotta do a better job at home Hunter & into the show we go!
COLORADO- Anton Management missed the Playoffs by one stinking point after making some deadline deals last year for the future! After veterans Martin St Louis & Mike Cammalleri were dealt, the Youngsters almost pulled off a playoff spot! Tukka Rask will compete with Pekke Rinne(who came over in the St Louis deal) for the starting Goaltender job! The Offense is led by Scott Hartnell,Ryan Johansen & Craig Smith on line one! Anders Lee(also involved in that St Louis deal)projects to be 2nd line LW playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins & Daviv Perron. Carl Soderberg,Brock Nelson, & Frans Nielsen make up line 3,while Marcus Johansson will Center Alex Killorn & Nail Yakapov on the Wings on line 4! Zemgus Girgensons will also spot some ice-time,as will Riley Smith! On Defense, Mark Giordano(61 GP) & Jared Spurgeon(66 GP) will be the #1 line 75% of the time! Karl Alzner & Adam Larsson will see duty as the #2 Line! Thomas Hickey & Sami Vatanen(67 GP) round out line 3! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 7 ( Hartnell 28,Johansen 26,Lee 25,Hopkins 24,C Smith 23,Nelson 20,Johansson 20) WISH LIST- need to sign a couple of defenseman,little short on GP! ROOKIE PICK: Got no Idea? SWAMI SAYS: Excellent Goaltending & Scoring should give them a chance,#1 D-Pair will miss time,that hurts,but in the hunt for the Post-Season!
NEW YORK I- A trade for Jonathan Bernier a year ago & drafting two young Goaltenders(Stalock & Jones) gave the Isle a stable of 6 Goaltenders! With the GHC Roster Limit set so high(hint-hint- needs to be lowered) Veterans Jonas Hiller & Devan Dubynk were #5 & #6 on the depth chart & were kept in the press box all season! Excuse me, I think Hiller did see some action & he’s #2 behind Starting Goalie Devan Dubynk this season! Alex Steen,Patrice Bergeron & Gustav Nyqvist go out as the #1 line this year! Mike Cammalleri(who came over from the Avs in a deadline deal last season)got 2nd line LW with Thomas Plekanec at Center & Kyle Okposo(60 GP) on RW! Eric Cole,Mike Fisher, & Justin Abdelkader make up line 3,as Shawn Matthias will Center veterans Milan Michalek & Brian Gionta on the 4th line! Teddy Purcell & Paul Byron should also see some action,as will Luke Glendening! Back on defense, Cam Fowler & Jacob Trouba(65 GP) will handle the #1 Line! Marco Scandella(64 GP) & Jonas Brodin will defense the 2nd pairing! Michael Del Zotto & Ben Lovejoy were working together as line 3,although Youngster Morgan Reilly might be given a shot at RD too! 20 GOAL SCORERS-7 ( Nyqvist 27,Cammalleri 27,Plekanec 26,Steen 24,Bergeron 23,Abdelkader 23,Cole 21) WISH LIST- A bigger press box for Bernier,Riemer,Stalock & Jones (the 4 Goalies who wont play) ROOKIE PICK: Another Goalie! NO,time to restock the LW! Jonathan Drouin SWAMI SAYS: Devan Dubynk will be Star of the Game a bunch,got the Scoring & can juggle the defense,should be in the Playoffs again!
BOSTON- The B’s took out the 2nd place Kings in the 1st round of the Playoffs after being down 3 games to 1 in an exciting game 7 in Los Angeles! They lost in the 2nd round to the Lightning & had a short summer to recover from all the bumps & bruises! It’s time to go to work again & Coach Bob Blanchard has it(work)cut out for him this season! Goalie Ben Scrivens looks lame(.890 saves%)as does Playoff Hero Al Montoya(.892%)so Michael Neuvirth(32 GP) has won the starting job in camp! Jamie Benn,Evegni Malkin, & Blake Wheeler skate as the #1 Line! Ondrej Palat will play with Mike Ribeiro & Corey Perry(67 GP) on line two! Thomas Vanek & Tyler Toffoli were looking for a Center for line 3,as Eric Condra was given the job,but was having trouble keeping up with his linemates! Brandon Prust,Kyle Brodziak, & Mats Zuccarello were line 4 mates today! Houston,I mean Boston,we got a Problem! The Right side on defense looks promising with Dougie Hamilton,Mark Streit, & Kevin Shattenkirk(56 GP) & Jason Demers! The Left-side not so! In camp,only Robyn Regher(67 GP) has GHC expierience & he’s not a #1 liner! David Schlemko,Dylan Olsen, & Matt Bartkowski was all that showed up & that aint pretty! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 6 (Benn 35,Perry 33,Malkin 28,Wheeler 26,Toffoli 23,Vanek 21) WISH LIST- A LD or two that can play on the Top Lines,someone who can Center the 3rd line & another Goalie who can stop the puck! ROOKIE PICK: Nothing looks good on LD,gotta fill a hole…Victor Rask SWAMI SAYS: B’s could trade a Goal-Scorer/draft pick to get a LD(hint Vancouver/Chicago) & try to make run again(playoffs),but the RD side has no Penalty-Killers so the PK is in trouble too! Might be time to punt & chase Buffalo the other way! You’re cruel Swami!
ST LOUIS- The ONLY team not named Tampa Bay to win the Cup in the last 5 years,they just might have their turn again! All-World Goaltender & projected Star of the Game Leader for this season gets 66 games in the nets(.933 saves%). Carey Price will be the key cog in St Louis this season! The 1st line is downright scary with Rick Nash-Klye Turris-Nick Foligno skating together! Filip Forsberg-Mark Scheifele & veteran Eric Stall on RW were seen practicing as line two! Colin Wilson-Michael Granlund & Marian Gaborik teamed up as line 3! Milan Lucic,Evegni Kuznetsov & Brandon Sutter wore the line 4 jerseys tonight! Drew Stafford,Charlie Coyle,& Steve Downie also look to play a little,but it’s crowded up front! On defense, Oliver-Ekman Larsson skated with Justin Faulk on the top line,while Marc Stall & Alex Pietrangelo took turns at #2! Youngster Jake Gardiner & Brent Burns got the nod as the 3rd line! Jeff Petry & Ryan Ellis were on the sidelines hoping for a chance to play! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 9 (most in League)(Nash 42,Foligno 31,Gaborik 27,Forsberg 26,Turris 24,Larsson 23,Stall 23,Sutter 21,Wilson 20) WISH LIST- A bigger arena,the games are all sold out,gonna be a big year in St Louis. ROOKIE PICK: It’ll be a surprise! SWAMI SAYS: Get your playoff tickets now,this team can hurt you!
PHOENIX- The Yotes took Tampa Bay to a game 7 in the Finals,a Finals that saw the home team win every game! Might be a tough road back for the Arizona Club! Anton Khudobin,one of the Playoff Hero’s showed up to camp outta shape(.900 saves%). Nicklas Fasth(.888) & Chad Johnson(.889) didnt look much better, so the job is back in Cam Ward’s(.910) hands to defend the net! Up front,the Top Line was Joe Pavelski,Ryan Getzlaf,& Jordan Eberle! Max Pacioretty was skating with Ryan O’Reilly at Center & Bobby Ryan on RW on line 2! Chris Kreider-Tyler Ennis-Justin Williams had line 3 covered,while Lance Bouma,Jason Spezza,& Ryan Strome worked the 4th line! Jannik Hansen,Joel Ward, & Joffray Lupul tried to work their way in somewhere! On Defense we noticed a HELP WANTED sign on the locker room door,as in practice it was notable that the Yotes lacked a clear Top Line! Dan Hamhuis(59 GP) could be the LD on line one with Trevor Daley(68 GP). Graybeard Rob Scuderi was skating with youngster Matt Dumba(58 GP)on line 2! Kimmo Timonen,Anton Volchenkov & Raphael Diaz were splitting LD on line 3 with Luke Schenn(59 GP) on RD! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 6 (Pacioretty 37,Pavelski 37,Getzlaf 25,Eberle 24,Kreider 21,Ennis 20) WISH LIST- Defenseman(plural) Better Netminder ROOKIE PICK: Not many GHC-ready Defenseman in draft-lots of potential guys….Damon Severson SWAMI SAYS: Dont have a RD with a 3 defense(Severson is a 3) so Penalty-Kill will suffer,could move Tyler Ennis/Draft Pick for defense help or Goalie(is Lack available in NJ or Anderson in Van),any way you cut it, Coach Jay Edlin has to make a move or the Yotes will miss the Show!
TORONTO- 1st year Coach Keith Larkin guided his Leafs to a 4th place finish,before being ousted in the playoffs by Phoenix! It was still a very good season for Toronto & they remain hungry for more post-season action! The Goaltending is in Good Hands(too many Allstate commercials)with Steve Mason & Varlamov as back-up! Martin St Louis has said this will be his last season ,so the Leafs have him up front on LW with Sidney Crosby & Radim Vrbata on the Top Line! Patrick Hornqvist is lined up with Claude Giroux & Brendan Gallagher on line 2! Evander Kane(37 GP)will split time with Jamie McGinn on LW,with Bryan Little at center & Ryan Garbutt on RW on line 3! Matt Duchesne was not happy with 4th line duty,but the 3 Centers ahead of him won the jobs! Greg Campbell on LW with P.A. Parenteau on RW made up the 4th line! Michael Backlund & Ryan Spooner,two more Centers,couldnt find playing time today! On the Blueline, Ryan McDonough & Kris Letang(69 GP) will anchor the defense at #1! Brad Stuart(65 GP)& Francois Beauchemin(64 GP) were the line 2 mates,while Christian Erhoff(49 GP) & Ollie Matta(20 GP) will fill in at LD on line 3 with youngster Rasmus Ristolainen on RD! Jared Cowen,Mike Weber,& Matt Greene will fill in when needed! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 8 (Vrbata 31,Crosby 28,Giroux 25,Hornqvist 25,Gallagher 24,Little 24,St Louis 21,Duchesne 21) WISH LIST- Might move a Center(Backlund) for help on the Wing(is Zuccarello available in Bos)as it looks like Crosby,Giroux,Little & Duchesne have a lock on Center ice in Toronto! ROOKIE PICK: Another Center-No,No,No ….Dimitri Jaskin SWAMI SAYS- The Deepest Center-Ice in the League & the 2nd most 20 Goal Scorers,with excellent Goaltending spells Playoffs again!
CHICAGO- The Blackhawks finished in 3rd place last year & had 100 pts,one of just 3 teams to reach that mark! GM-Coach Stephan Paquette just got his Goalie signed to a long-term contract & Braden Holtby is ready to play & play he will,as Holtby gets 73 games this season! Back-up Brian Elliot will see little action behind the #1 stud! Clarke MacArthur,who came over from Tampa at the 60-game trade deadline last season, has been handed the #1 job at LW, he’ll play with John Tavares & Jacob Voracek on the Top Line! The 2nd line has Wayne Simmonds at LW, Logan Couture at Center & Steven Stamkos on RW! After loading up the first two lines,the Hawks are still trying to put together lines 3 & 4 & with 2 1st Round Rookie Picks,we might see some youngsters make the line-up! Brandon Dubinsky(47 GP),Martin Hanzal(37 GP),Dustin Brown,Boyd Gordon & Curtis Glencross will all see time on those lines!The Blueline is headed by Kris Russell & P. K. Subban on the Top Line! Brian “Soupy” Campbell will skate with John Carlson on the 2nd line! The competition heats up for line 3 LD,as Dimitri Kulikov,Jay Bouwmeester & Alexei Emelin all battle for the job! Anton Stralman will play on the Right side! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 5 ( Stamkos 43,Tavares 38,Simmonds 28,Couture 27,Voracek 22) WISH LIST- Has an extra LD(Emelin/Bouwmeester) to possibly deal,could use help on the Wing(hint-Phoenix/Boston) ROOKIE PICKS- has his own & Tampa’s ..Couple Forwards! SWAMI SAYS: Defense & Goaltending wins alot of games & the Hawks have that,could it be a Top 4 Spot again!
LOS ANGELES- The Kings had a super regular season finishing 2nd in the League,but a 1st round loss to the Bruins has left a sour taste in their mouth! The Bruins have a history of major upsets in the playoffs(#7 seed Bos vs #1 seed Dallas 2nd round)Damn Tim Thomas anyway! Coach Pat McBride is quick to give credit to veteran Mikko Koivu,who came over from San Jose before the start of last season in a trade,as settling down his Top Two Wingers that led to a super season! Mikko again will Center Alex Ovechkin & Patrick Kane(61 GP-ouch)on one of the League’s Top Lines! Youngster Brandon Saad will line up with fellow Youngster Nick Bjugstad at center & Ryan Callahan on RW on line 2!Patrick Marleau-Sean Couturier-Mika Zibanejad make up line 3! It’s a logjam for 4th line LW in camp as Bryan Bickell,Chris Kunitz & Matt Calvert all want the ice-time! Matt Cullen & Jimmy Hayes have the other 2 spots on line 4! Alexander Semin was moody again as he skated by himself with no linemates! On defense,the Kings Top Pair returns as Duncan Keith & Shea Weber have a lock on line 1! Tobias Enstrom(60 GP) was with Travis Hamonic on line two! Youngsters Tyson Barrie & Codi Ceci were paired as line 3, although Andrew MacDonald,Justin Braun, & David Savard could move into the line-up as well! Goalies Ryan Miller,Curtis McElhinney, & Thomas Greiss were all having trouble in camp stopping the puck,so the Question is “Who’s #1” 20 GOAL SCORERS- 6 (Ovechkin 53,Kane 27,Bjugstad 24,Callahan 24,Saad 23,Zibanejad 20) WISH LIST- Loaded at LW & RD, could deal for picks or a better playoff-type Goalie….It’s not “Miller Time” ROOKIE PICK: Time to shore up the Goaltending! SWAMI SAYS: This club only lacks one ingredient(The guy with pads on) to make a run, They will be playing in May-June!
The ONLY team not named St Louis to Win the Cup in the last 5 years & they won 4 of them! I think we can call that a Dynasty! GM-Coach Greg Doffin has pulled off some shrewd trades over the years to get his club on top,some key deals were getting Zdeno Chara from Vancouver & Brent Seabrook from Buffalo,Patrick Sharp & Troy Brouwer from Minnesota & Marian Hossa from San Jose! Taking Jonathan Toews #1 Overall in the 2008 Rookie Draft didnt hurt either! If the GHC had a GM of the Year Award, Greg would have won it many times! Congrats from Swami! So, what’s going on in the Lightning camp this season,well the “Flower” Marc-Andre Fleury showed up in great shape & appears ready for another long season in the nets! Line 1 is back with Andrew Ladd-Jonathan Toews & Marian Hossa again on the Top Line! Patrick Sharp(68 GP) & Anze Kopitar will play with Jeff Carter, who came over from Chicago last season! Alex Tanguay(70 GP)-Jumbo Joe Thornton & Troy Brouwer make up line 3! Patrick Elias(69 GP)-Brad Richards & Kris Versteeg(61 GP) skate as line 4! Marcus Kruger & Richard Panik are sure to fill in ice-time for injuries! Back on the Blueline, Zdeno Chara(63 GP) & Brent Seabrook remain the Top Pairing! Matt Carle(59 GP) & the “BUFF” Dustin Byfuglien(69 GP) skate as line 2! A pair of Nick’s patrol line 3 as Leddy & Hjalmarsson work together! Jan Hedja & Johnny Oduya & Braydon Coburn will fill in the numerous games that the defense will miss! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 6 (Toews 28,Carter 28,Ladd 24,Hossa 22,Brouwer 21,Tanguay 20) WISH LIST- More Wax, to polish all those Cups! ROOKIE PICK: traded to Chicago SWAMI SAYS: The long summers(Cup runs)has taken a toll on the defense(lots of games to miss)so a juggling act is needed,but still a very competitive club,will still be in the hunt & playing in the post-season!