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bama4256 10-15-2002 04:25 PM

Sports illustrated top 10 Teams for 2002/2003
 
1.Colorado Avalanche-A healthy Fosberg makes everybody else better

2.San Jose Sharks-Good balance, but Nolan needs to score 40 again.

3.Detroit Red Wings-Rookie Zetterberg will make impact; watch Datsyuk shine

4.Philadelphia Flyers-Outstanding down the middle with Roenick, Primeau.

5.Dallas Stars-Outstanding punch down the middle; Modano,Turgeon, Arnott

6.LA Kings-Stacked with players who create chances and finish

7.New Jersey Devils-Expect a healthy Nieuwednyk

8.Ottawa Senators-Fine speed and skill, Schastlivy could contribute.

9.Vancouver Canucks-Bertuzzi, Naslund provide dazzling one-two pinch

10.Washington Capitals-Addition of solid center Lang should spark Jagr.

lmanchur. 10-15-2002 05:51 PM

What?? .... Hockey isn't good enough for your week-by-week, team-by-team analysis????

LA is not a Top10 club. They're pretty good, but they're in a tough division and a tough conference, and I don't think they'll make the playoffs this year.

Marc 10-15-2002 09:07 PM

You should be appreciating a post in here from someone who doesn't regularly post here. ;) I think he only had good intentions. And I don't think it's an insult to hockey that Keith doesn't have real in-depth analysis of each team, he's just not as big a follower of it as football and baseball. He's from Alabama for gosh sakes! :D

bama4256 10-16-2002 01:05 AM

Man u need to chill your silly ass out lol You wish I would rank these teams so you would know what's going on lol

lmanchur. 10-16-2002 12:25 PM

:) -- well, even THAT would be better than Sports Illustrated :spit:

catman 11-01-2002 11:59 AM

A few weeks into the season, I see a big surprise on top of the standings. The Minnesota Wild is still the "best" team in the league. I haven't been able to see many of their games, as I work during the evening, but from what I've seen they are a good, legitimate contender. Gaborik and Fernandez are pleying well, and there are plenty of others doing so also.
Do I expect to see them playing for Lord Stanley's Cup? Not this season, but they should be in the playoffs.
They are finally getting some respect (from the Minnesota Hockey fans).

Bran 11-01-2002 04:50 PM

We've seen this though last year (ie. Calgary) they got off to a hot start everyone thought they'd be a good team throughout the year. As the season continues into the games that mean more important the better teams will do well. It's happened every year.

lmanchur. 11-02-2002 09:26 AM

Minnesota won't make the playoffs. If not for any other reason, because they are in the West division. This early into their stint as an NHL club, MAYBE they could pull it off if they were in the East but becasue they are in the West, there is no chance. Edmonton can Calgary were #1 and #2 this time lsat year. They finished #9 and like #11, and the Wild were also up there too this time last year. The Wild are a great club and a lot better than most people thought they would be after the expansion & entry drafts last year, but they won't be playoff-boudn thi syear.

Wedge231 11-02-2002 06:51 PM

Why are the Rangers not on that list? Oh yeah, it's a top 10, not a top 30 :(

I agree with Lee abou the Wild. The East is a joke (how else did the Canes make it to the finals) and teams that start hot don't make the playoffs usually. Remember when the Isles had no regulations losses after the first couple weeks? And sadly, the Rangers were in first place at one point in the season. Then Lindros went down and that was basically the whole team.

lmanchur. 11-03-2002 02:24 AM

Lindros went down last season??? :confused:

I forget... it wasn't for very long was it?

Wedge231 11-06-2002 10:44 PM

Briefly. Maybe 10 games or so. But when he went down we were in first I think (or near first), and then they faded. Also Fleury started taking himself out of games, and York stopped producing. Then when they were in a race with Montreal for the 8th spot, Richter went down with the skull fracture. Bure was a bright spot near the end. He scored 20 points in 12 games.


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