Flames Season Prediction


NORTHWEST DIVISION PREDICTION:


Calgary:

Key Departures: Jamal Mayers, Eric Nystrom, Chris Higgins and Nigel Dawes. Nystrom’s character and presence will leave a hole and could be a costly loss.
Key Additions: Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay, Henrik Karlsson, Tim Jackman, Raitis Ivanans and Ryan Stone. Tanguay’s new hunger should ignite the flames goal scorers and hopefully put the scoring questions to rest.

Keys to success: The powerplay must be alive and affective! Play strong defensively, and Bouwmeester must rebound. Forwards must find chemistry quick; hopefully the goals will come as Calgary has plenty of capable goal scorers.

’10-‘11 Seasons’ MVP: Jarome Iginla! He proves to be more motivated than ever

Prediction: 2nd in NWD, 5th in the Western Conference. This team has enough depth and talent on the backend. If Kiprussoff stays healthy, they could have the best goalie in the West. Iginla will bounce back and the Jokinen of old (2007) will arrive. Calgary draws the Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Colorado:
Key Departures: Marek Svatos, Darcy Tucker and Tom Preissing. 3 guys who never did much for the club were let go.
Key Additions: Daniel Winnik. No real significant additions, Avs continue to build with the young guys.

Keys to success: Depends on how many games Anderson can win with 40+ saves and keeping the young guys up beat during slumps. A hot October I feel is a must for this club.
’10-’11 Seasons’ MVP: Chris Stewart, new power forward in the West.

Prediction: Reality year, 5th in the NWD, 15th in the Western Conference. Colorado had a magical ride, can that continue? Their defence is nothing special and how many forwards will have their “sophomore” slump. Scoring will be limited for this young team. The Avalanche will have the year they were supposed to have last year!

Edmonton:
Key Departures: Fernando Pisani, Ryan Potulny, Mike Comrie, Aaron Johnson and Robert Nilsson. Hillary Duff will no longer be a regular at Rexall.
Key Additions: Taylor Hall, Kurtis Foster, Jim Vandermeer, Colin Fraser, Steve MacIntyre, Alex Giroux and Martin Gerber. Taylor Hall will give the fans something to be excited about. but can he really carry this team already?

Keys to success: Keep the Souray/Khabibulin/Cogliano drama to a minimum! Lots of distractions will be with this team early into camp and the season. Build chemistry with the future players and see if Hemsky and Penner fit in. Play a fast offensive style game.
’10-’11 Seasons’ MVP: Ales Hemsky, don’t forget about me!

Prediction: 4th in the NWD, 11th in the Western Conference. Overall with Hemsky back and with all the young talent up front on this team the Oilers will compete for a playoff spot but fall short. This team is a couple years away.

Minnesota:
Key Departures: Petr Sykora, Owen Nolan and Shane Hnidy.
Key Additions: Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom, John Madden, Brad Staubitz and Nick Schultz. Will Cullen be the centre the Wild wanted and needed?

Keys to success: Havlat and Bouchard have to be healthy and be offensive factors. Play a pesky grinding game ALA Nashville.
’10-’11 Seasons’ MVP: Brent Burns, puts it all together and stays healthy!

Prediction: 3rd in the NWD, 8th in the Western Conference. With Backstrom, Burns and Mikko Koivu leading this team they may just have enough to earn a playoff spot if the cards fall right. They make the playoffs on the final day of the season!

Vancouver:
Key Departures: Steve Bernier, Pavol Demitra, Ryan Johnson and Michael Grabner. Canucks sacrificed some offence to build the back end. A scoring winger could be on their grocery list come trade deadline.
Key Additions: Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard, Raffi Torres, Manny Malhotra and Jeff Tambellini. Hamhuis and Ballard will provide a more physical defensive core and that should result in Luongo having fewer opponents crashing his crease.

Keys to success: Secondary scoring, this team needs guys like Burrows, Kesler and Raymond to put up big numbers! Samuelsson must repeat his last season. Defence will be solid enough where you can play Corey Schneider enough to keep Luongo fresh for a long post season.
’10-’11 Seasons’ MVP: Henrik Sedin, shows everyone why this is his team now!

Prediction: 1st in NWD, 2nd in the Western Conference. Scoring could be a small area of concern coming down the stretch. But with the upgrades on the back end and adding depth to their 3rd and 4th lines, this team is one of the teams to beat! Vancouver will fight for Western conference supremacy!

That is my prediction! What's yours?


































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