How the West might be won?
Well the west has basically two sides…..the young teams building to de thrown the older teams and the old teams hoping to fend off the younger teams.The Western Conference as many of you will agree is the deepest of the two conferences among the playoff contenders are….
– Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, Colorado, Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, Vancouver, Nashville, Anaheim, Chicago, Edmonton, and possibly Calgary pending on what happens with Mr. Iginla. Thats 13 teams for 8 spots!
To take alook at all these teams i split them into four categories……then i placed them on how i think these 13 teams would would finish in order.
TEAMS ON THE RISE- Calgary, Nashville and Anaheim.
If Calgary gets a good foward for Morris and if they re-sign Iginla which looks bleak they could be a surprise.
Nashville Justs about inproves each year they are in the NHL. This year they might just improve into the playoffs but Legwand has to score 25 to 30 goals this year for this to happen.
Anaheim has solid goaltending and if their first line of Oates, Kariya, and Sykora clicks…look out.
THE BIG FOUR- At one time it used to be Detroit, St.Louis, Dallas, and Colorado but since the Blues have slowly slipped lately the rising Sharks have taken their place.
Dallas- Many key off season signings but is it enough to win it all?
Detroit- Will miss Yzerman for who knows how long….if he is really gone for the year Fedorov needs to score and pick up the slack.
San Jose- They improve more and more every year and they almost knocked out the Avs last year…they are the team to beat in the west this year.
Colorado- Quiet off season but since Forsberg will be there all year this year they really didn’t need to add anyone.
WANNA BE CONTENDERS- These teams are missing maybe one or two pieces to get them over the top.
Chicago- I like this team; could either return to last year’s form, or fall off the map. I think the first one is more likely.
St. Louis- Where will the offense come from? They need another 30 goal scorer to help beat the BIG 4.
Los Angeles- I really like this team but they need more consistent goaltending from the “Cat” and they could also use a leader on defense. They have one or more upsets in them for the playoffs.
BEST OF THE REST- Edmonton, Vancouver, and Phoenix all have what it takes to get there.
Edmonton- What they lack on goalscoring they make up in defense…could use another 15 goal scorer for their second line.
Vancouver- Only a matter of time before they upset somebody in the first round…the Sedins need the have a big year.
Phoenix- Could really turn it up this year with Amonte.
HOW I THINK THEY WILL FINISH…
AS YOU CAN SEE I HAVEN’T PUT ST. LOUIS IN THE PLAYOFF PICTURE….PRONGER’S STATUS IS UP IN THE AIR SO ITS BECAUSE OF THAT THAT I DON’T THINK THEY’LL MAKE IT….UNLESS HE COMES BACK HALF WAY THROUGH THE SEASON.