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31 Questions Part 1 - Eastern Conference



August 28, 2017

By: J.W.Q

31 teams, 4 divisions, 2 conferences and 1 ultimate goal. So many possibilities, yet, the season only starts in a couple of months.

A lot of question were raised during this offseason, the expansion draft, questionnable trades or non-trade, free-agent signings and lengthy extensions were at the heart of a summer full of unexpected decisions. In the following articles, we’ll tour every team and ask one burning question for each.

Metropolitan division:

Carolina Hurricanes: Will the Carolina Hurricanes’ GM, Ron Francis sacrifice a young defenseman and a draft pick to add an elite centerman and end the Canes’ playoff drought ? Apparently Matt Duchene is on the block …

Columbus Blue Jackets: After a surprising year in 2016, will the Jackets, and their new offensive weapons, finally get past the 1st round of the playoffs? Pesky Penguins…

New Jersey Devils: After a couple of terrible seasons, can 3 brand new centermen, added in a span of a week help the franchise to find some hope of getting back into the mix for a playoff spot ? oh, how’s Travis Zajac doing by the way…

New York Islanders: Can New York’s young guns step into the Tavares show and support their captain with some depth scoring or will it be too little too late for the Islanders, again? Seems like Johnny T might be heading somewhere else if the core is not mature enough…

New York Rangers: With somewhat of a lineup shakeup, can the Rangers still compete for a playoffs spot with their latest youth movement? Because the King isn’t getting any younger…

Philadelphia Flyers: Can Brian Elliott finally solve Philly’s netminder problems, after a somewhat unsuccessfull stint with the Calgary Flames? Hummm, feels like 1999, but does it really matter…

Pittsburgh Penguins: One simple question, is a three-peat possible? I think not, but who knows…

Washington Capitals: Is 2017 finally the year the Capitals and Alex the Tzar Ovechkin get to a Stanley Cup final? I wouldn’t bet on it, would you?

Atlantic division:

Boston Bruins: Will the Bruins’ young prospects finally breakthrough and change the Big Bad Bruin image and philosophy that earned them two Stanley Cup appearrences in 2011 and 2013? McAvoy for the Calder, anyone?

Buffalo Sabres: With a good pool of prospects, how close will the Sabres be from a playoff spot when the first round will begin? 10M$ per year for the next eight for Jack Eichel…

Detroit Red Wings: Now that their historical streak of consecutive post-season appearences is over, who in the Wings’ organization will begin the next one ; Athanasiou, Mantha or Larkin? Time for a new era to begin in Motown…

Florida Panthers: With an abundance of youth in Sunrise, it’s just a question of time before the Cats’ find themselves amongst the 3 best teams in the Atlantic, but will they stay healthy? For the sake’s oh hockey, please start a rivalry with the Lightning, thank you!

Tampa Bay Lightning: Speaking of youth and health, the window of opportunity is right now for the Bolts’ why shouldn’t this year be the one? Conference final at least…

Montreal Canadiens: Can Carey Price finally carry his team to the Holy Grail of Hockey this year, with a renewed offense and Shea Weber playing 60 minutes per game? I mean, who else is playing D for the Habs…

Ottawa Senators: Can Erik Karlsson and Guy Boucher’s system finally bring a cup for the first time in the canadian capital or their anemic offense will keep them out of a playoff spot? Karlsson will break the point per game this year!!!

Toronto Maple Leafs: Will the most interesting hockey team in the world take another step towards becoming a Stanley Cup contender or will they suffer from the sophomore slump? 2$ that Matthews will babysitter Marleau’s kids and Mitch Marner.

We’ll take a look at the Western conference in the second part of this article!


31 Questions Part 2 - Western Conference

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