Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pre-Free Agency Sixes in the Atlantic Division

Patrik EliasJohn TavaresMarian GaborikClaude GirouxSidney Crosby
Ilya KovalchukMatt MoulsonDerek StepanDaniel BriereChris Kunitz
Travis ZajacPA ParenteauWojtek WolskiScott HartnellJames Neal
Henrik TallinderAndrew MacDonaldDan GirardiMatt CarleKris Letang
Mark FayneTravis HamonicMarc StaalKimmo TimonenPaul Martin
Martin BrodeurAl MontoyaHenrik LundqvistIlya BryzgalovMarc-Andre Fleury

Just so we know what we're looking at here... according to the points from last year, these are the top three forwards, two defense and goaltender signed on for each team in the division. There are going to be better players missing from this list, due to free agency, injuries last season or other miscellaneous reasons. I don't believe this is an accurate look at each team, just a snapshot for comparison purposes.

Looking at these five teams, the Flyers and Penguins look to have it all together in their top sixes, despite missing a couple names, especially the Penguins missing the likes of Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin, but Neal and Kunitz don't look bad there.

The Devils and Islanders look a little short on the blueline today, it's no wonder that Long Island took a shot at Christian Ehrhoff on Tuesday night.  He would partner up well with Mark Streit, who was injured all of last season.  The Devils will likely be looking at some quality depth defensemen, with cap space being a definite issue this off-season.

The Rangers don't look to be in terrible shape, possibly a number one centre would be all that they are missing from their top three forwards, giving Gaborik and/or Stepan some help scoring goals next season.

If I were to project division standings from these sixes, which isn't wise, but I will anyways... Pittsburgh, Philaelphia, New York, New Jersey and Long Island.

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