Re: Summertime fun, question style!!!!
posted at 7/28/2013 6:53 PM EDT
1. Who is your breakout player this year?
I don't know if he counts given that he's had two seasons of ~50 points already, but David Perron could hit 70+ in Edmonton. If he doesn't count, well...I'd like to say Soderberg arrives with a bang and hits the 20 goal mark in part because he gets time on the PP, but I think it might be Toffoli (just to get BadHab riled) because LA will probably give him every opportunity to show he can score in the NHL as he has at every level.
2. First coach fired?
Mike Yeo. Second fired, Kirk Muller. Third, Ron Rolston.
3. Overacheiving team?
Might be the Jets. I could see them getting on an early season roll - getting the goaltending, getting contributions from new guys Frolik and Setogutchi - and riding it through the dog days.
4. Underacheiving team?
Toronto Maple Leafs. So much will be expected of them after last year, and they will be expected to act like they have a chip from that collapse, but contract status for Kessel and Phaneuf will be a distraction, Kadri will face more scrutiny and a full year of the league knowing what and who he is, the speedy offensive defensemen they've overcompensated with will have trouble defending, and the Reimer/Bernier situation will prove awkward. No playoffs, deal both Kessel and Phaneuf at the deadline.
5. Which off-season move (so far) proves to be the best?
Tie - Perron for Paajarvi is a sweet deal for Edmonton that should give them even more juice up front. Pitt. getting Scuderi back to anchor that blueline with Orpik and the $7+ million dollar man could be a key for the Pens getting their back end back in championship contender shape.
Tempted to make it a 3 way tie as Tuukka wins the Vezina with Hasek-like numbers....