Doormats No Longer!!!!

I would just like to comment on the up and comers of the NHL.

Once upon a time you could count Atlanta, Tampa, Florida, Calgary, and to a lesser extent the San Jose Sharks as two free points on the calender. Well fellas it’s safe to say you can’t count on those guaranteed points anymore.

Are the days of dominance over for teams like Detroit, Colorado and Jersey? I know the impending CBA might have some effect on these teams ability to maintain or sign the players in their currents rosters, but if there is a cap, these teams are well ahead of the game.

When you look at teams like Atlanta and Florida, no offense, but these teams are scary from the goalie out. More fearsome than any redwings team or any avalance team.

Not only those I have mentioned, but those who are still toiling in mediocracy like Chicago, Columbus, Pens, and Caps. These teams are slowly starting to look like the aforementioned, and aren’t too far away from contending.

Is this the beginning of the NHL’s new world order?

Is the next dynasty out of the NHL the Atlanta Thrashers?

24 Responses to Doormats No Longer!!!!

  1. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I think its time for my standing predictions(I know these piss people off but they are fun)


    1.Tampa Bay




    5. Atlanta



    8.New Jersey



    10.New York Islanders


    12. Washington

    13. Boston

    14. Carolina

    15. New York Rangers


    2.San Jose








    9. Anaheim



    12. Los Angelas

    13. Dallas


    15. Chicago

    Tampa over New Jersey

    Pittsburgh over Philly

    Toronto over Montreal

    Ottawa over Atlanta

    Colorado over Edmonton

    San Jose over Minnesota

    Vancouver over Detroit

    Calgary over Phoenix

    Tampa over Pittsburgh

    Toronto over Ottawa

    Calgary over San Jose

    Vancouver over Colorado

    ok this is interesting I have 3 of 4 teams in the conf. finals are Canadians.

    Tampa over Toronto (there goes the all Canadian match up

    Vancouver over Calgary (Calgary would love a re-match against the lightning but with out Conroy that will be hard.

    Vancouver over Tampa. FINNALLY EVERY CANADIAN TEAM HAS A CUP (sept Ottawa but they can go roll over in their golf course.)

    Now I know this is just preliminairy but I am gonna make a few wild predictions about the trade deadline.

    Conroy will be dumped on a team on their way to the play offs.. maybe Vancouver.

    The Leafs will trade Kabrele for a decent defence man like one of the Markovs.

  2. Lint07 says:

    I don’t think we’ll see dynasties again in the NHL. However, these are in order (according to me) the teams that are the most likely to quickly become contenders year after year:

    1. Atlanta Thrashers

    2. Florida Panthers

    3. Montréal Canadiens

    4. Washington Capitals (If they manage to draft Crosby)

    5. Pittsburgh Penguins

  3. nocuphere says:

    I like the way the rangers are going too, but I think they’re still along way off.

    As far as the habs, well their draft success is shady at best. They have a good team right now, but i’m not too familiar with their system other than Hainsey, Komisarek, Perezogan (sp) ,and the young Chipchara kid they picked up last year. Their goaltending is their bread and butter, but they’re small up the middle, and how solid are they on the point?

  4. nocuphere says:

    The Thrashers are scary for sure. They might be the reincarnation of the Tampa team only with more firepower.

    The Rags are heading in the right direction too, they’re just a little further off than the one’s mentioned.

  5. Lint07 says:

    Well the Habs are already playoffs contenders now, if you add to that the fact that most experts say they have the best group of prospects in the NHL, while every one of these experts agrees that they at least are in the top-3, you just can’t go wrong.

    They have a solid base, a coach who specializes himself in developping youngsters, plenty of rock solid prospects coming up and enough money to acquire established UFA players when the timing will be right…

    You just can’t go wrong with this equation.

    Here’s some links for you:

    Prospects Team Rankings

    Habs top-20 prospects

  6. habsoverserver says:

    What about Tampa Bay? Ottawa?

  7. TheCoach says:

    Teams like Atlanta and Florida will start winning in 5 years or so. While I agree that the era of the Avalanche, Red Wings and Devils is over, I believe that the next 5 years will be the era of the Lightning, Senators and Sharks.

    Teams like the Thrashers, Caps and Pens are not ready to be Stanley Cup winners just yet, but in 5 years when players like Ovechkin, Malkin and Lehtonen develop, they will be the class of the NHL.

  8. TheCoach says:

    First off, it is way to early to make predictions as we don’t know where players like Palffy, Kovalev, Bondra, Zhitnik, etc. will sign.

    “FINNALLY EVERY CANADIAN TEAM HAS A CUP (sept Ottawa but they can go roll over in their golf course.) “

    You do know that there are 11 Stanley Cup banners hanging in the Corel Centre, which means that the Senators franchise has won 11 cups.

  9. nocuphere says:

    Forgot all about Uquhart. Saw him play a few times against Halifax this year. He’s skilled. His game looks a little like Brad Richards.

  10. nocuphere says:

    For sure, but Atlanta, Florida and San Jose are ready now.

  11. nocuphere says:

    Too many teams taking a step back this year in the East for the thrashers not to make the playoffs. I think the B’s and Isle’s are both going to take a step back and miss the playoffs, and Florida and Atlanta are going to jump in and take em.


  12. Kraut182 says:

    I’m sorry, I’d like to comment but I can’t stop laughing about the part where you say Pittsburgh is gonna make the play offs.

  13. TheCoach says:

    I agree that the Thrashers will make the playoffs, but I don’t think they will be serious contenders just yet.

  14. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    That is Ottawa not the franchise. The Sens and silver seven did win the cup a few times each but they were not the same Sens franchise.

  15. TheCoach says:

    It is considered as the same team. The current Senators are called the modern day franchise, but the NHL considers today’s Ottawa Senators as the same franchise as the former Sens franchise, otherwise they would not have allowed them to hang the Stanley Cup banners. (I know I used the word franchise a lot in that paragraph.)

  16. dkball7 says:

    When you take into account the respective teams systems and the strength/potential of their NHL level players as well as their financial standing as well as the skillfulness of the front office, the teams in the best position, in my opinion, to contend in years to come are:

    Montreal Canadians

    New Jersey Devils

    Phoenix Coyotes

    San Jose Sharks

    You can’t just look at how a team is bad for a while and magically turns good, it doesn’t happen that way. Management has to make a commitment to winning and I am not sold on teams such as the Thrashers, Panthers (Keenan will mess them up somehow…), and even the Lightning to make a concerted effort towards winning for a long period of time.

  17. Lint07 says:

    should’ve specified ”up and coming” teams. my bad.

  18. WinterLynx says:

    I definitely see Montreal, New Jersey, and San Jose as being the constant contenders over the next few years. Phoenix I feel needs to have better player management before they become a true threat.

    The Devils and Sharks have a lot of youth that will definitely give them a boost. Jersey especially, because of all the potential first liner prospects they have.

    As for Montreal, they have definitely made some of the strongest strides in the East to shape up their team, working mostly from what they already have.

  19. Habfanforever says:

    Great article! This is the kind of material I love. We’re all thinking the same things yet no one ever mentions how the “smaller” clubs are definately improving, especially with the deep drafts we have had over the recent years.

  20. raine_kalisz says:

    florida’s making it.

  21. raine_kalisz says:

    definately atlanta. Watch out for Lehtonen. He was wicked at the end of they year last year. And Atlanta already proved they can play. Their goalie just ran out of steam.

  22. PayUpSucka says:

    Not even Keenan can screw up the panthers. Unless he trades away Luongo. That guy could win 20 games all by himself.

  23. PayUpSucka says:

    You should be happy dude as the habs look like one of those teams to watch out for. I was surprised to see the amount of prospects your dirty habs have. Wanna sell a few to the leafs bro? haha.

    No seriously, the league and power has changed big time since I started watching hockey in the early 80’s. You remember when it was either the habs or the oilers that won cups?

  24. SabresAreCool says:

    There is no possible way that Pittsburgh is going to make the playoffs this season…..

    I do see a changing of the guard in the nhl with young teams without alot of star power, like florida, nashville, montreal, and Buffalo. ATlanta is going to be a contender soon. I’m sick of watching toronto, detroit and colorado try to buy championships, instead of doing it the way these small teams have to… building a team

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