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Edmonton Is More Than Just Number 97

Picture your favorite hockey player currently on your respective team.

Alright.

Connor McDavid is far and beyond a better player than him. Disregard the baby face and polite aura, as of Wednesday the 19 year old captain not only leads his team in points, but the entire league as well. Just 22 games into 2016-17 season the Edmonton Oilers more so resemble the dynasty of the 80’s than the punching bag’s of the last decade.

While other cards were added to the deck, it would be a respectable assumption to believe that McDavid is clearly the biggest factor to Edmonton’s early triumphs. At the same time, Milan Lucic has made his presence felt, Jordan Eberle is second in scoring, while recent draft select Leon Draisaitl has begun his emergence as a lethal play maker.

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Currently, Edmonton sits second behind the mighty Blackhawks in the Western Conference overall standings. However, skepticism is expected, considering how young the 2016-17 season is. Yet, it remains difficult not to believe perhaps, the necessary pieces have begun to fall into place.

Now, is it within the realm of reason to believe the Oilers are Cup Final bound? Probably not. But it’s been a decade since one of the sports most sought after franchises has been a part of meaningful spring hockey. During that time, it has been a revolving door at the head coach position, starting goal tender and not to mention the persistent search for an all purpose defender.

Within that struggle a generally young team was constantly redesigning their game plan and identity. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that’s detrimental to the makeup of an inexperienced and vulnerable hockey team.

Within the last 12 or so months, drastic change has breed drastic results. Both newly appointed general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan have shot adrenaline directly into Edmonton’s veins.

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Does it help being able to draft Connor McDavid in your first offseason? Of course it does. That being said, you also need to create a team that will coexist with that player.

In order to enjoy success on a regular basis, it’s finally time for Edmonton to grow up. I don’t mean that in the sense like a parent wagging their finger in your face after doing something you knew you shouldn’t have done, I mean it strictly in a professional manor. For years people around hockey have been predicting how bright Edmonton’s future is going to be. That was nearly seven years ago, so when does the future officially begin?

Well folks, you’re seeing it now. Typically, teams within the playoff race after U.S. Thanksgiving remain there. Leaving those just a few points outside to battle it out for the spots that remain up for grabs.

For the first time in a long time, the Edmonton Oilers are a playoff team after Thanksgiving. If history is any indicator, you will see them compete for Lord Stanley’s hardware.

No need to pinch yourself either, you aren’t dreaming.

 

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5 Teams to Watch This NHL Season

With the NHL season kicking off on Wednesday the sports world is finally at its peak again. The NFL, NHL, MLB, and NCAAF are all playing and the NBA is not stealing all the talking points on ESPN, but that’s a topic for a different day.

We all know what teams are usually good, Blackhawks, Kings, Capitals, and Penguins, but there is about to be a major shift in hockey supremacy in the next few years, I can guarantee it. But what 5 teams might we see getting better? Well I have a list of 5 teams I want everyone to watch out for this year, and all the years to follow because they have some interesting talent to recon with.

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5. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel is sidelined with an ankle injury to start the season, but he was very productive last season and I expect him to take even more strides forward this year assuming he can stay healthy. Some key acquisitions made this offseason were Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov, I see them having immediate impacts on this team. Evander Kane and I have this unspoken beef because I hate him and I think he is wasting his talent by acting like a punk. If Kane can adjust his attitude the sky could be the limit for this kid. Sam Reinhart, Ryan O’Reilly, and Tyler Ennis all have great upside as well. I don’t think Buffalo is a playoff team just yet due to the lack of defense and goaltending, but the offense has potential to be lethal and I think they will be a fun team to watch.

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4. Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews, Auston Matthews, Auston Matthews, and hmmmm Auston Matthews. That’s 4 times you read that because that’s how many goals he had in his NHL debut. The Leafs won the lottery with Matthews and he is going to lead this team back to the playoffs soon. Leo Komarov, Willie Nylander, and Nazem Kadri are his help on this squad. I see so much star potential in Nylander, I can easily see him and Matthews being a Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane soon. Love Toronto claiming Seth Griffith off waivers from my Bruins, good work Don, really loved that move.

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3. Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau resigned for 6 years and even more importantly, maybe, they signed Brian Elliot in the offseason to solidify their goaltending. I think Calgary is going to turn it around fast and squeak out 3rd place in the Pacific this season and get back into the playoffs. TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano, and Dougie Hamilton is a great unit on the back end. Sean Monahan is another young talent that I look for to make a leap this year and help carry the Flames to a great season. The youth of this team is amazing, because they all have so much experience as well, Sam Bennett and Micheal Ferland are two other players to keep our eyes on as the Flames make a run at the playoffs.

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2. Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid finally has his own team. The Oilers named him the captain and they shipped out two form number 1 overall picks this offseason in Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov. This means the Oilers now only have two former number 1 overall picks in McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. But the Oilers got better this offseason by adding defenseman Adam Larsson in the Taylor Hall trade, and signing free agent Milan Lucic. I think Lucic and McDavid and be an incredible duo in the NHL, as Lucic has experience playing with fast skaters and scorers like David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Jordan Eberle needs to be great for this team to thrive. Edmonton cannot rely solely on McDavid to bring them to the top, but he sure will try. Leon Draisaitl is another name to watch as Edmonton will finally start to claw its way out of the gutter this season and be playing meaningful games come February.

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1. Nashville Predators: The Nashville Predators are going to win the Stanley Cup in 2017. Who wouldn’t love to see that anyways? The Predators have never even made it to a conference final, but this is their year. Trading for PK Subban in the offseason was a massive move and a great one for the Preds. They also appointed Mike Fisher as captain and he has exceptional leadership qualities. The defense on this team is deep and loaded with offensive talent. Of course, Subban, but Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Anthony Bitetto, Mattias Ekholm, and Yannick Weber make up what I believe to be the best defensive unit in the league. Oh and Pekka Rinne is still the goalie down in honky tonk, so watch out. Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, James Neal, and on and on this team is incredibly deep, which is why I have them as the number 1 team to watch this season and the future Stanley Cup Champions.

 

 

Dazzling Debuts

Last night the NHL’s centennial season began with a thunderous boom. Historical franchises like the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs kicked it off.

But it was a pair of teenagers that took center stage. Newly appointed Oilers captain Connor McDavid and in-the-making super star Austin Matthews (both 19 years old) absolutely stole the spotlight.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t look now, but we may have the next Sydney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin on our hands.

For Leafs Nation, allow me to introduce you to Hurricane MatthewsThe first overall pick in last seasons draft wasted no time becoming a national phenomenon. Scoring on the first three shots he had in the game. A feat that not even Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux or Alex Ovechkin can claim.

Matthews tightened every muscle in his face not to crack a smile after scoring his first career hat trick, but that didn’t stop his mother from shedding a tear or two. By the time the buzzer sounded to end period two, Matthews had four goals to his name and was beating the Ottawa Senators by himself. No, that’s not a typo. Matthews scored four goals before the start of the third period.

While the Senators would score late in regulation and again in overtime to spoil his coming out party, Matthews has officially solidified himself as one of the best in the league at taking what appears to be nothing and creating something. Combining the hands and skating ability of Pavel Datsyuk with a nose for the net similar to Patrick Kane, the sky truly is the limit. One thing is for sure, hockey fans across various regions will be tuning in to Maple Leaf games because for the first time in nearly 24 years they are once again, must see television.

“Matthews the Magnificent”…has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

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New building, new captain, new jerseys.

For the Edmonton Oilers, the ideology is that the past will remain there, while the future unfolds.

Now, if last night was any indication of how the rest of the season is going to go for the Edmonton Oilers, then buy your tickets now. In his first game as the Oilers captain, Connor McDavid reminded fans why he was given such an honor. McDavid had two goals and one assist for the Oilers as they were skating off the ice with a 7-4 victory against the Calgary Flames.

McDavid flew down the wing, out striding Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman to draw a penalty shot. With time, space and speed McDavid rarely falters in the essence of the skill v. skill element of the penalty shot. Essentially putting the final nail in the coffin en route to their victory.

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Palpable is the only word worthy enough to describe the hype that has embodied fans who witness these two young men play the sport they love. While it’s still early, it’s also not obscene to predict that they will be doing just this for the remainder of their careers. Only Crosby and Ovechkin 11 years ago made a similar splash. Now McDavid and Matthews don’t play for teams that would consider each other rivals, but any time you get two proud Canadian franchises under one roof, as the saying goes, ‘all bets are off’.

Here’s to many more performances that encapsulate why we are all hockey fans at heart.

Happy Hockey Season everyone.

Oh Captain, My Captain

We’ve all been there.

Having to take orders from someone significantly younger than you is a difficult reality to come to grips with. However, that is how the normal work world operates. Professional sports operates in a different realm.

When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, fans would rather spend their time talking about what was and not what is, and for good reason. Some of the greatest players to ever put on a pair of skates have played for them at one point or another. A fact even more mind boggling when you consider their inception was the 1979-80 season.

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In the shadow of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals loss, the Oilers vowed to remain competitive in the ever changing landscape that is the NHL. Thus far, that promise has fallen through, with no lack of effort.

2010 marked a ‘revitalization’ of sorts for the Oilers with Taylor Hall being selected first overall. But it wasn’t until the man pictured above came to town that the fans truly bought in.

Connor McDavid goes by many nick names like McJesus or McDaddy. High praise for a kid who just turned 19 years old. Just ask Wayne Gretzky how easy it is being the face of a franchise, the answer may be a startling one considering how well he ended up handling it.

At 19 years and 266 days old, Connor McDavid has officially become the second youngest awarded captain in NHL history. Only Brian Bellows beat him out at 19 years and 131 days. Gabriel Landeskog was 19 years 286 days and Sidney Crosby was 19 years 297 days to fill out the latter.

What happens next is still a mystery.

McDavid is a fantastic hockey player, with more skill in his finger nails than most of us have in general. Every team hes ever played on share distinct similarities, they win. To be frank this was common place before he made his NHL debut. While the skill may be ever present, the leadership ability leaves something to be desired.

Gretzky was able to handle the pressures of leading a team in a hockey crazy city while being the best in the game. Similarly, Crosby went on to be the youngest captain to ever lift the Stanley Cup. Some years later Colorado tried to mimic this by appointing Landeskog as their youngest captain and to be blunt, it hasn’t worked at all.

Edmonton has a long wish list with stability in net and the desperate need for an all-purpose three zone defender in the forefront. While McDavid adds an instant injection of adrenaline. It be ludicrous to expect him to play goalie, defense and score at the same. This has been Edmonton’s Achilles heel for nearly a decade.

For this very reason, I potentially fear for McDavid’s future in Edmonton. The blame game begins quickly when you don’t win.

While Edmonton may be anything but prepared to compete for a championship, they have made a bold move. Placing their eggs in McDavid’s basket may be dangerous waters to venture through. Nobody said he was going it alone though. Stanley Cup champion Milan Lucic is a major presence down the wing and Adam Larson is a coming of age defender. The Oilers just hope Larson will grow into his body and be able to lug Shea Weber or Ryan Suter minutes on the ice.

The province of Alberta is starving for hockey superiority to return to its roots. While Calgary appears to have discovered a formula that works, Edmonton is still looking to pick up the pieces.

McDavid could head down the path of Landeskog, or he could impersonate Sidney Crosby. I have a feeling Edmonton hopes its the latter.

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Bottom line is simple, being absent from the playoff since 2007 is anything but self motivating. Perhaps a bold transition in leadership and a brand new arena can be enough for the roster to follow suit.

One thing that certainly wont help the situation is the absence of Taylor Hall in the lineup. The near point per game player in his career as an Oiler was swapped straight up for the previously stated Adam Larson.

Considering players like Yakupov and Eberle have been frequent flyers on the trade rumor plane. Hall being dealt to New Jersey came as a major shock.

Did management believe McDavid could come into the lineup to replace those numbers in his sophomore year? Or was there a fear of Hall and McDavid not gelling well because of the expectations surrounding Connor being the new face of the franchise? Don’t forget Taylor Hall was billed as just that when the Oilers selected him first overall in 2010.

Whatever the reasoning, Edmonton had a whirlwind off-season.

Drastic change has been the trend for a half decade, but the payoff hasn’t come for a team chasing some stability. With McDavid being the new captain, Lucic under a big deal and Larson being the go to guy on defense, perhaps we will begin to see what was always promised…

Winning. Don’t hold your breath.

 

Pacific Division All-Time Greatest Rosters

In the final installment of the greatest all-time roster for all 30 NHL franchises we head to the west coast to look into the Pacific Division. The California teams have dominated this division for the ten years, but 6 of these 7 teams have at least made it to the Stanley Cup Final since 2004, sorry Pookie but the one team who hasn’t is the Coyotes. We will also explore the Eastern and Western Conference playoff picture and declare a Stanley Cup Champion based on the entire all-time greatest roster series. So, sit back, relax, and get ready for some great hockey knowledge to be dropped on you.

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1. Edmonton Oilers:

Forwards

Ryan Smyth-Wayne Gretzky-Jari Kurri

Esa Tikkanen-Mark Messier-Glenn Anderson

Craig MacTavish-Doug Weight-Ales Hemsky

Todd Marchant-Shawn Horcoff-Taylor Hall

Defense

Paul Coffey-Kevin Lowe

Charles Huddy-Randall Gregg

James Smith-Jannee Niinimaa

Goalie

Grant Fuhr

Holy $#!%… This team gives me nightmares. I want to go to all 82 games and watch them take advantage of everyone. No questions asked that the Oilers will win the Pacific Division, and maybe a lot more. This team is stacked to the brim with talent. The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, will lead the team, and probably the league in goals and points most likely. Mark Messier isn’t even on the first line, and Dough Weight is a third liner. This is literally making my head spin, but maybe it’s the Tedy Bruschi getting to me right now, who knows, stay tuned. The defense may be the only gap on this team, but Paul Coffey is a thug and he will no doubt hold down the big minutes for the Oilers as they make their run at Lord Stanley. And when it comes to goalie there is only one choice, Grant Fuhr. Fuhr is the all-time wins leader for Edmonton and he will be a solid net minder for Wayne and the boys to play in front of. Not a lot to say about this team cause the roster speaks for itself, but wouldn’t you love to watch this team play just once? Wow.

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2. Anaheim Ducks:

Forwards

Paul Kariya-Ryan Getzlaf-Teemu Selanne

Andy McDonald-Steve Rucchin-Corey Perry

Chris Kunitz-Saku Koivu-Bobby Ryan

Andrew Cogliano-Rob Niedermayer-Matt Cullen

Defense

Scott Niedermayer-Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler-Chris Pronger

Lubomir Visnovsky-Oleg Tverdovsky

Goalie

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

The first line of the Anaheim Ducks all-time team is pretty loaded, Paul Kariya, Ryan Getzlaf, and of course Teemu Selanne make for a starting line that any team would be happy with. But can they compete with that Oilers top line? I don’t quite think so. The offense will have games where I can see them exploding for 6 or 7 goals a night, but they will have their fair share of shutouts as well. The team is going to need to rely heavily on defense and goaltending to help carry them at times, especially come to the playoffs. Scott Niedermayer is the go to on defense for the Ducks. Chris Pronger and Cam Fowler make up a very nice second unit as well. And now time for my biased opinion, Jean-Sebasten Giguere is a great goalie and will lead the Ducks to a second place finish in the Pacific Division. I love me some Giggy Giguere and I would love to see him still in the show, but I get to fall asleep every night with him watching over me on my shelf, God love JS Giguere.

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3. Los Angeles Kings:

Forwards

Luc Robitalle-Marcel Dionne-Dave Taylor

Anze Kopitar-Wayne Gretzky-Dustin Brown

Alex Frolov-Bernie Nicholls-James Fox

Bob Berry-Robert Goring-Ziggy Palffy

Defense

Rob Blake-Drew Doughty

Steve Duchesne-Lubomir Visnovsky

Mark Hardy-Marty McSorley

Goalie

Jonathan Quick

Very good looking team right here. But why third behind Anaheim? Call it a gut feeling. But that will give us a great LA vs Anaheim first round matchup, look for the upset there. Top 2 lines are something of legends, the bottom two are highlighted by Alex Frolov, yikes. Robitalle, Dionne, Kopitar, and Gretzky are the 4 leading scorers when it’s all said and done, and maybe they can contend with Gretzkys other club up in Edmonton in round 2. I want to watch that top two line practice honestly, it would be like watching Bob Ross paint a beautiful masterpiece of a mountain range, like I said, stuff of legends. Defense is firm. Blake and Doughty are men among boys in a league like this, they will hold down the fort night in and night out. Jonathan Quick put Hollywood on his back and carried the 8 seed Kings to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 2012, then he did it again in 2014. He is a future hall of famer and he is one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game of ice hockey.

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4. Calgary Flames:

Forwards

Jarome Iginla-Theoren Fleury-Joe Nieuwendyk

Gary Roberts-Lanny McDonald-Kent Nilsson

Hakan Loob-Joel Otto-Jim Peplinski

Joe Mullen-Craig Conroy-Alex Tanguay

Defense

Al MacInnis-Gary Suter

Paul Reinhart-Mark Giordano

Phil Housley-Dion Phaneuf

Goalie

Mikka Kiprusoff

I am a sucker for the Calgary Flames. I will never forget watching game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final in my Aunts bedroom of my Grandparents house, I was a huge Jarome Iginla fan, and I was heartbroken when they lost. So, speaking of Jarome Iginla, he is undoubtedly one of my favourite players of all-time, and he also the greatest Flame of all-time. Add Fleury and Nieuwendyk to Iggy and that is a great first line. Lanny McDonald bringing Calgary its only Stanley Cup back in 1988 is a story all hockey fans love to hear about. Lanny rocked the hell out of the fire red stache, and watching him raise the cup gives me chills every time. The back half of the offense lacks the fire power you would like to have on an all-time team, but it is by no means a bad bottom 6. The defense is really strong. Al MacInnis and Gary Suter are a fantastic top pair to have on your team. But the second pair is just as good with Paul Reinhart and Mark Giordano. Phil Housley and Dion Phaneuf were great Flames back in their primes, Phaneuf now sucks and is in Ottawa I think, who cares though. Mikka Kiprusoff was an unreal goalie. He was one of the most flexible keepers I can ever remember watching play, and he almost won the Flames that Stanley Cup back in 2004. I like this Calgary roster a lot, look for them to make a run at second place in the division.

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5. Vancouver Canucks:

Forwards

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Pavel Bure

Markus Naslund-Trevor Linden-Stanley Smyl

Ryan Kesler-Thomas Gradin-Tony Tanti

Patrik Sundstrom-Donald Lever-Alexander Mogilny

Defense

Mattias Ohlund-Jyrki Lumme

Dennis Kearns-Alex Edler

Kevin Bieksa-Sami Salo

Goalie

Roberto Luongo

If we are being 100% honest, I hate the Vancouver Canucks, and it is 100% because of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. I have no real reason to hate them because the Boston Bruins beat the Canucks in 7, but I hated every player on the Canucks and now I hold a grudge and I hope Canucks fans never experience happiness after I watched them burn down their city because of my big bad Bruins. Go B’s! Anyways, this team is okay. The first line as a pair of Sedin sisters and Pavel Bure. Bure is an all-time great and I have zero beef with him, but the Sedins cannot play in big games, so do not expect the Canucks to go very far in an all-time greatest season. The forwards have huge gaps in some lines, and I don’t see how Ryan Kesler could ever be on the third line of an all-time greatest team. Nonetheless the defense is solid. Mattias Ohlund is the number one obviously and he has a great goalie behind him. I hated Luongo back in 2011, but forever thank him for “pumping” Timmy T’s tires and fueling the fire even more to beat the bums that are the Vancouver Canucks.

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6. San Jose Sharks:

Forwards

Patrick Marleu-Joe Thornton-Owen Nolan

Jeff Friesen-Joe Pavelski-Jonathan Cheechoo

Marco Sturm-Logan Couture-Vincent Damphousse

Ryane Clowe-Mike Ricci-Devin Setoguchi

Defense

Dan Boyle-Brent Burns

Marc Edouard Vlasic-Brad Stuart

Sandis Ozolinsh-Mike Rathje

Goalie

Evgeni Nabokov

I am a big supporter of the San Jose Sharks, but this team just lacks the firepower it needs to compete with the best teams in an all-time season. Their roster is pretty loaded, but majority of these guys still play, and granted the Sharks are coming off their best season in franchise history, this roster won’t cut it in an all-time season. The defense falls flat for me. I don’t think Dan Boyle is the number one guy a team wants in an all-time roster, but that’s what the Sharks got. I love the top line, and I am a sucker for Owen Nolan, he was an idol of some sorts to me as a kid seeing we had similar last names, but they cannot compete with the Oilers, Kings, or Ducks. Evgeni Nabokov is a brilliant net minder, but not the goalie you want in an all-time season unfortunately. Go Sharks but maybe in another 30 years this roster will be beefier.

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7. Arizona Coyotes:

Forwards

Keith Tkachuk-Dave Hawerchuk-Shane Doan

Ladislav Nagy-Thomas Steen-Teemu Selanne

Douglas Smail-Jeremy Roenick-Paul Maclean

Laurie Boschman-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata

Defense

Teppo Numminen-Keith Yandle

Fredrik Olausson-Randy Carlyle

Phil Housley-Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Goalie

Ilya Bryzgalov

The Arizona Coyotes, Pookies favourite NHL team for some crazy reason, but not a terrible all-time roster honestly. I thought they were going to look a lot worse on paper, but not that bad if you ask me. The first line is solid. These boys aren’t going to blow anyone away with their skill and speed, but they play solid two way hockey and can keep you in most games on most nights. Shane Doan is Mr. Coyote in essence, he has played his whole career in the desert, and he has never made it past the Conference Finals, and even making it there in 2012 was an absolute shocker. Teemu Selanne never played a game in a Coyotes uniform, but before the franchise relocated to Phoenix, Selanne was a Finnish Phenom in Winnipeg for the original version of the Jets. The third line even has quite a bit of talent on it with Jeremy Roenick down the middle, who doesn’t love JR honestly? He’s like a hockey legend of some sorts, maybe. Defense is mediocre to me. Teppo Numminen was a stud in his own rights for the Jets back in the good ole days, but Keith Yandle is no all-time defenseman. Yandle is one of the best defenders to ever play for the Arizona franchise though so it was a no brainer to have him on the top unit. The third d-line is interesting to me. Phil Housley is a hall of famer, not for Arizona, but he was again on of the best defenders to put on the desert dog logo. Then Oliver Ekman-Larsson is becoming a super star in the NHL as we speak, look for him to win a Norris Trophy in the next 3 years.

Well now we know the seedings for each conference, but who plays who and who wins the ultimate prize of Lord Stanley’s Cup. Let’s remind you folks of the Eastern Conference playoff picture:

1.Montreal Canadiens vs. WC2. New York Rangers

2.Boston Bruins vs. 3.Detroit Red Wings

In the Metropolitan Division we have:

1.Pittsburgh Penguins vs. WC1. Toronto Maple Leafs

2.New Jersey Devils vs. 3. Philadelphia Flyers

I see a very easy 5 game series for the Canadiens over the Rangers, and a very good 7 game series won by Boston over Detroit, giving us a much anticipated Boston vs Montreal showdown. Unfortunately, Montreal takes out the Bruins is 6. Pittsburgh will wipe the floor with Toronto with a clean sweep, and the New Jersey Devils win a great 6 or 7 game series. Pittsburgh will have a little more trouble with New Jersey, but they should take care of them in 6. In the Eastern Conference Finals we have Montreal and Pittsburgh and we all knew it was coming, but Montreal wins that series in about 5 or 6 games putting them into the Cup Final. Who will they play? Let’s go out west:

1.Chicago Blackhawks vs. WC2. St. Louis Blues

2.Colorado Avalanche vs. 3.Dallas Stars

1.Edmonton Oilers vs. WC1. Calgary Flames

2.Anaheim Ducks vs. 3. Los Angeles Kings

Chicago will undoubtedly clean sweep St. Louis in the first round and their second round opponent will be the Colorado Avalanche as they will take Dallas the distance and win in 7. But, round two belongs to Colorado over Chicago, also in 7 games. The Pacific bracket has Edmonton sweeping Alberta rival Calgary and then sweeping the LA Kings in the second round as well. The Conference Final won’t be a sweep, maybe 6 games max, but Edmonton is going to the Cup to face Montreal. Stanley Cup… flip a coin, both the Habs and Oilers are incredible but I am giving the edge to Edmonton in 7 games. What an incredible series that would be if you really think about it. That concludes our greatest NHL all-time roster series, who would you have your franchises greatest all-time team?