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2017 Season Preview - projected lineups

Post by Cap'n » Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:43 am

As the 2017-18 season openers approach, here's a look at how the game rates teams and players heading into our 3rd season.

Team Rankings:

1. Washington Capitals
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Minnesota Wild
4. New York Rangers
5. Buffalo Sabres
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Los Angeles Kings
8. Montreal Canadiens
9. Edmonton Oilers
10. Pittsburgh Penguins
11. New York Islanders
12. Chicago Blackhawks
13. Boston Bruins
14. Nashville Predators
15. Tampa Bay Lightning
16. Ottawa Senators
17. Florida Panthers
18. Dallas Stars
19. Winnipeg Jets
20. St. Louis Blues
21. Calgary Flames
22. Columbus Blue Jackets
23. San Jose Sharks
24. Detroit Red Wings
25. New Jersey Devils
26. Arizona Coyotes
27. Vancouver Canucks
28. Philadelphia Flyers
29. Carolina Hurricanes
30. Toronto Maple Leafs

Projected Playoffs:

Eastern Conference

*1. Washington Capitals
*2. Buffalo Sabres
3. New York Rangers
4. Montreal Canadiens
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
6. Boston Bruins
WC 7. New York Islanders
WC 8. Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

*1. Colorado Avalanche
*2. Anaheim Ducks
3. Minnesota Wild
4. Los Angeles Kings
5. Edmonton Oilers
6. Chicago Blackhawks
WC 7. Nashville Predators
WC 8. Dallas Stars

League talent appears pretty wide spread as 25 of the league's 30 teams have at least one player recognized as a top 10 player at their position. Nashville, St. Louis and Tampa Bay lead the way with 4 players recognized on their teams which is astounding as none of the three are ranked in the top 10 overall teams. Chicago, Edmonton, Phoenix, Montreal, and the New York Islanders all tie with 3 players apiece. Strangely, none of the top 7 teams have more than two players on the list which speaks to the depth of their overall teams building concept. The strength of the West was roundly criticized last year and if there's a root cause it might start between the pipes. 9 of the leagues top 10 goaltenders ply their trade in the East (5 in the Atlantic Division alone!).

Top Goalies

1. Carey Price (MTL)
2. Braden Holtby (WSH)
3. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
4. Cory Schneider (BUF)
5. Pekka Rinne (NSH)
6. Jonathan Quick (DET)
7. John Gibson (PHI)
8. Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)
9. Ben Bishop (TBY)
10. Tuuka Rask (BOS)

Top Defensemen

1. Drew Doughty (LAK)
2. Duncan Keith (CHI)
3. Erik Karlsson (OTT)
4. Shea Weber (DET)
5. Victor Hedman (TBY)
6. Ryan Suter (EDM)
7. P.K. Subban (MTL)
8. Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
9. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHO)
10. Roman Josi (NSH)

Top Left Wingers

1. Alexander Ovechkin (WSH)
2. Jamie Benn (NYI)
3. Filip Forsberg (NSH)
4. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA)
5. Jaden Schwartz (STL)
6. Taylor Hall (EDM)
7. Gabriel Landeskog (COL)
8. Max Domi (PHO)
9. Jonathan Drouin (TBY)
10. Zack Parise (VAN)

Top Centers

1. Jonathan Toews (CHI)
2. Sidney Crosby (PIT)
3. John Tavares (NYI)
4. Steven Stamkos (CGY)
5. Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
6. Claude Giroux (TBY)
7. Tyler Seguin (DAL)
8. Connor McDavid (EDM)
9. Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
10. Ivan Barbashev (STL)

Top Right Wingers

1. Patrick Kane (CHI)
2. Vladamir Tarasenko (STL)
3. James Neal (NSH)
4. Corey Perry (ANA)
5. Brendan Gallagher (MTL)
6. Ryan Strome (PHO)
7. Jakub Voracek (BUF)
8. Nikolaj Ehlers (WIN)
9. Kyle Okposo (NYI)
10. Mikko Rantanen (COL)

If you don't have existing talent... you better have it developing in your system and the following ten players were noted as the top 10 prospects in the game headed into the season. Vancouver is well stocked for the future with 3 prospects making the list. Everyone knows about the wealth of riches that Boston inherited at the beginning of the game when San Jose unexpectedly tanked right out of the gate and handed Boston the 2nd overall pick. Speaking of the Sharks, that's one team that has to be disappointed after amassing so many 1st round selections for the last draft. New Jersey, Philly, and Toronto were certainly all hoping for more as well.

Top Prospects

1. LD Jakub Chychrun (BOS)
2. C Dylan Strome (PHO)
3. LW Max Jones (VAN)
4. LD Zack Werenski (CBJ)
5. RW Julien Gauthier (COL)
6. C Jared McCann (VAN)
7. RW Josh Ho-Sang (NYI)
8. LW Adam Erne (TBY)
9. RW Jake Virtanen (VAN)
10. C Pavel Zacha (NJD)


Feel free to take a moment to post your projected lineups in this thread. You can include as much or as little of an explanation as you'd like.

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Re: 2017 Season Preview - projected lineups

Post by swiftwin » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:33 am

Oilers starting lineup:

Hall-McDavid-Eberle
Oilers' classic top line. McDavid was 2nd in the Art Ross race last year, Hall was great in support. Hopefully Eberle will play more than half the season

Steen-RNH-Jensen
Oilers' best line in the playoffs last season. Good combination of veteran savvy from Steen, Two exciting young players in RNH and Jensen

Komarov-Draisaitl-Hornqvist
Good 3rd line. Komarov is a PITA, Draisaitl good playmaker, Hornqvist a good hard working all-rounder

Gerbe-Lander-Pakarinen
Gerbe the midget speed demon, Lander the responsible safe center, Pakarinen the Komarov-lite


Suter-Tanev
Both extremely solid defensively (20 and 18 positioning) and capable of moving the puck well

Klefbom-Phaneuf
Young and vet, both solid

Reinhart-Larsen
3rd pair

Nilsson - Very underrated, underpaid, was great in the playoffs
Talbot - Good backup

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Re: 2017 Season Preview - projected lineups

Post by Cap'n » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:17 pm

The Buffalo Sabres intend to ice the following lineup for opening night. Looks remarkably similar to last years except the 4th line.

O'Reilly - Eichel - Voracek

Eichel really blossomed over the course of the last season and through workouts this offseason and now looks every bit the part of 1st line C at age 20. He also wants to be paid like one though. :cry: O'Reilly was an MVP candidate all season and wound up winning the Lady Byng Memorial trophy and finishing as the runner up for the King Clancy Memorial trophy. Voracek potted 36 goals and 50 assists last year and is rated in the top 10 RW's in the game yet somehow is the 3rd wheel on this line.

Kane - Reinhart - Silfverberg

Kane/Reinhart is the quintessential playmaker/finisher combo. We're hoping to see a jump in Reinhart's production this year with Kane stationed on his LW right from day one. Silfverberg provides stellar two way support and notched 55 pts of his own last season.

Killorn - Girgensons - Nelson

A trio of players that could easily play 2nd line on other teams, this lines value to the team is in providing depth to the top 6 when needed and solid defensive play at all other times. Rumor has it that Nelson may be on the move. He's an RFA and while he's only asked management for a moderate increase in his salary the GM is said to be saving his pennies for the Eichel/Reinhart contracts.

Larsson - Timmins - Dano

The 4th line gets an overhaul this offseason as expensive veterans Stoll and Brodziak were jettisoned and replaced by faster two way players on cheaper contracts. Timmins finds himsel back on waivers after the team's AGM decided that 22 roster players and being under the cap and budget just wasn't good enough. If he's lost during the next sim then the Sabres will look back to the versatile Tim Schaller to provide solid defensive play.

Burns - Ristolainen

Burns wasn't expected to return as the allure of the UFA dollar was thought to be too great. But the teams success last season proved to Burns that he was in the right spot while trying to track down that elusive 1st cup (while he continues to be handsomely compensated). Ristolainen has bloomed into one of the top players on the team and will be a maintsay on the top pairing for many years to come.

Goligoski - Bogosian

A very good offensive/defensive combo. Rumors have one or both of these players heading out of Buffalo as part of the salary purge needed for Eichel/Reinhart so this tandem's days may be numbered.

McCabe - Pysyk

Both players have the potential of developing into competent 2nd pair players but have the luxury of sheltered minutes on the 3rd pair for now. Buffalo is not one to overload their lineup though so even on the 3rd pair these guys will get 18 minutes a night and management believes they're up to the task.

Schneider
Lehner

How long Buffalo continues with two starter level GK's on the team eating up $9.5 mil in cap space is anyone's guess but for right now it provides Buffalo incomparable play night in and night out. Schneider was runner-up for the Vezina last season and hopes to win the trophy outright though what he really pines for is to lift the cup high over head!

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Re: 2017 Season Preview - projected lineups

Post by Jagaski » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:21 pm

Blues starting lineup for opening night

Schwartz - Barbashev - Tarasenko

Barbashev broke the NHL record for most points by a rookie (in-game anyway...) with 78 points and he was the runner up for the Calder trophy. To the right of him will be the back to back Art Ross trophy and Maurice Richard trophy winner Vladimir Tarasenko :notworthy: . Tarasenko has been consistent throughout the regular season but in both playoff appearances has been fairly quiet. Hopefully this line grows to be even better than they were last year and can help carry this team back into a top team in the league.

Raymond - Kadri - Fabbri

Mason Raymond had the best season of his 10 year career on this line last year and it can be credited to his explosive speed and playmaking ability. Many people question my trade for Kadri but he has been a reliable source for points scoring 26 goals and 39 assists last season and he has been one of my best playoff players. The key to this line however, is on the right side of Kadri and it's the Calder Trophy winner who scored 36 goals 35 assists with this line. Fabbri, Kadri, and Raymond on a line is one of the highest tempo lines in the NHL it's tough to keep up with their speed which contributes to the success of this line.

Hascak - Gawdin - Gagner

This line will be interesting to watch because Gawdin is a rookie and Hascak is a defensive forward who was just added to the team this offseason. In order to bring in more defense to help out Jake Allen a little bit more, Marcel Hascak was added to play 3rd line mins and penalty kill. Glen Gawdin just came off an amazing season in the WHL and we are hoping it translates into NHL talent. Gawdin last season led the WHL in points with 84 points in 68 games (39 goals and 45 assists) and hopefully he will get more production out of the 3rd line. Helping out Gawdin will be the veteran Sam Gagner who has put together 2 pretty good seasons for us and we hope that he can continue to produce as well as he has been.

Galiardi - McClement - Peluso

T.J. Galiardi can slot into the 3rd line just in case Hascak doesnt perform well but he will start off playing 4th line minutes this season due to poor play last season. I can't say I was happy with his 7 points in 65 games last year but hopefully with a season as a Blue under his belt he can come out this year and produce a little more than what he did last year. McClement and Peluso are just defensive specialists who will be playing mostly penalty kill minutes and I honestly dont expect anything other than blocked shots and takeaways from these two.

Myers - Pietangelo

My goal to start thinking about playing defense a little more begins with last years trade deadline deal to get Tyler Myers and this solidifies my top 4 way more than the start of last season. I expect to see a huge improvement on defense but Myers is a great 2-way D man so I also want to see some offensive numbers from Myers and Pietrangelo.

Bouwmeester - Shattenkirk

I was able to get Shattenkirk back for another 5 years and I expect the same thing from this line as the 1st pairing which is decent offensive numbers and an improvement on defense. Last year at this time it was Jordan Leopold on this line and while he did play well... the defense struggled all season long and we had trouble keeping up.

Nurse - Braun

Darnell Nurse needs to get his sh*t together and Justin Braun will be the leader he needs. Darnell Nurse wants a bigger role on the team so I gave him more special teams ice time but he's going to have to prove that he can play well if he wants to move up to the 2nd pairing with Shattenkirk because Bouwmeester has been solid 100% of the time.

Allen
Lindback

I fired the goalie coach and picked up a new one with better man management and motivation attributes and Jake Allen's attributes went up so I expect a much better season from Jake Allen. Jake Allen is our undisputed starting goalie going into the future but he has yet to have numbers that impress me. He had a save % of .905% last season and a GAA of 2.71 which breaks my heart but I expect to see massive improvements this season and if not...... [-X

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