WHO'S THE RINGER?

It’s hard to believe, but the 2002-2003 season is coming up faster than last season ended. Seeing the combines in the fields, and getting back into that good ole’ university routine, I have already started working on my pool. Like last season, I predict that there will be many break-out seasons and major league slumps this season. Here is a list of players who I think will be money in the pools, and the players that will make you broke.JEROME IGINLA

Even though Iggy won the scoring race last year, I don’t think he’s going to do it again. He got every good bounce and lucky post last season. I expect Jerome to drop down to an 80 point performance, still good enough for a 4th or 5th pick.

PAUL KARIYA

He’s one of the most talented guys in the league, and now he’s got a couple line mates in Adam Oates and Peter Sykora, who are going to help him light it up! I’m taking Kariya early.

DOUG WEIGHT

I think that this guy is going to have a 100+ point season. He has been training like an animal all summer. I seen on an interview with his trainer, he has put on something like 18 lbs of solid muscle. Tkachuck/Weight/Demetra are going to be one sweet line.

PETER FORSBERG

Well, Forsberg was the man in last year’s playoffs…he is going to be the #1 centre for the Avs.

JOE SAKIC

I think that Sakic really missed Forsberg last year. The dynamic duo is back, but Forsberg is going to score more points.

SERGEI SAMSONOV

No matter what I hear, and no matter how hard I try, I just cannot be convinced that this guy is going to be anything more than 25 – 30 goal scorer. He’s overrated. Not worth wasting a top 10 pick on.

ILIYA KOVALCHUK

This kid is going to put up good numbers for his second season, but he’s not going to be an MVP for your pool. I expect a similar performance to last years, maybe a 10 point improvement.

BRIAN MCCABE

If it works out that you can score big points with your D-MAN, McCabe is definitely a good candidate. Expect 20+ goals from this young stud.

These are just a couple of the players who I think will be a big impact, posatively or negatively on many pools this season. I predict the top ten scorers to be this:

1. Peter Forsberg

2. Marcus Naslund

3. Bill Guerin

4. Doug Weight

5. Joe Sakic

6. Jaromir Jagr

7. Mike Madano

8. Pavol Demetra

9. Mats Sundin

10. Joe Thornton

So this is what I think….have fun poolies!

CHEERS!

keon


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