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#1 blueadams

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

SI article (from yesterday): http://nhl.si.com/20...-usa-forecast/#

ESPN article (also from yesterday): http://espn.go.com/n...ter-predictions
 

Here's my prediction (below), what's yours?

 

 

 

Forwards:

Z. Parise-J. Pavelski-P. Kane
B. Ryan-R. Kesler-P. Kessel
D. Brown-D. Backes-R. Callahan
M. Pacioretty-A. Galchenyuk-T. Oshie


D. Stepan, J. Pominville


.....alternatives?: R. Malone, J. van Reimsdyk, B. Wheeler, B. Gionta

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Defensemen:

 

R. Suter-K. Yandle
J. Johnson-K. Shattenkirk
R. McDonagh-J. Carlsson

D. Byfuglien, B. Orpik

 

.....alternatives?: J. Faulk, Z. Bogosian, M. Carle, T. Gilbert, P. Martin

 

 

 

Goalies: 

J. Quick
R. Miller
C. Schneider

.....alternatives?: C. Anderson, J. Howard
 


Edited by blueadams, 08 February 2013 - 07:48 PM.


#2 kipwinger

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

It really depends on who the GM is. 


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

"Some girls are 17 even though they look 25."

 

 


#3 blueadams

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

Isn't it Burke again?



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

JVR will be up there imo


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#5 Richdg

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:30 PM

Still to early. But how is it that the most successfull US NHL team, has so few US players........sad just sad.....



#6 St. Michael (the Red Wing)

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

Still to early. But how is it that the most successfull US NHL team, has so few US players........sad just sad.....

 

It's like how does Manchester United have the most success with so few to little English players.



#7 Nev

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:03 AM

Not really - Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Carrick, Cleverly, Young, Welbeck, Rooney off the top of my head.  Certainly more than most EPL teams.


"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

#8 St. Michael (the Red Wing)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

Very true I stand corrected.

 

But looking at their past history they have had English players probably more so than any other Premier League team.

 

So I stand corrected again.


Edited by St. Michael (the Red Wing), 09 February 2013 - 10:09 AM.


#9 St. Michael (the Red Wing)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

On regards to our D-men pairings thinking that Byfuglien and Orpik are in.



#10 Nev

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Very true I stand corrected.

 

But looking at their past history they have had English players probably more so than any other Premier League team.

 

So I stand corrected again.

 

You can always go back and edit your post to Man City or Chelsea to make me look stupid ;)  I would say Arsenal, but they haven't won anything for 8 years :D


"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

I just hope to see inglorious Backes challenge the entire Canadian team to fights leading up to the Olympics again.

#12 The Axe

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

Not really - Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Carrick, Cleverly, Young, Welbeck, Rooney off the top of my head.  Certainly more than most EPL teams.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

How could I forget the Ginger Ninja!


"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:10 AM

Still to early. But how is it that the most successfull US NHL team, has so few US players........sad just sad.....

 

 

 

It seemed to work out ok when we were unable to draft hometown boy Pat Lafontaine...



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

The biggest thing about the Olym. is those are still a year away. Who is going to be healthy? For example, kesler hasn't played yet-that I recall. Will he be back? Bogisan (spelling) is out for this year with a bad wrist/surgery.

On the plus side Fayne with the NJD is becoming a very good Dman. Plenty of other young stars that could still make an impact. Long way to go. This summers camp will be interesting to watch...



#16 blueadams

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

JVR will be up there imo


It'll be tough.  Pacioretty, Oshie, etc. will be tough to beat out.



Still to early. But how is it that the most successfull US NHL team, has so few US players........sad just sad.....


Did fine with them last time around.  Canada's got more talent.  But they aren't going to have things like a Brown-Backes-Callahan shut-down line.  Or a Quick (if he's hot?) in net.



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#17 blueadams

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:13 AM

bump.



#18 The Axe

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:17 AM

They are talking about Howard as the goalie. Interesting.

#19 blueadams

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

They are talking about Howard as the goalie. Interesting.


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