Well I noticed Ek the other day had the top five and five worst teams in the off-season out , and i decided to elaborate on it by creating in my eyes the top 30 . So from first to last here it is.
Remember this is not who has the better team , but rather who has improved signifigantly.
1)Edmonton-Added another further scoring threat in Cole , cont' development of youngsters will aid team. D-corps offencive potentcy strengthend with return of Souray and acquisition of Visnovsky.
2)Columbus-Huselis,Umberger,Filatov will help secondary scoring . Umberger will provide a much needed centre for Nash.
3)Chicago-Steadied out goaltending with Huet . Final piece for a excellent power play in Campbell.
4)Phoenix- Added additional scorers in Jokinien . Injected further toughness into team with mcgratton and Sauer , may well be toughest team in league. Continued development of younger players.
5)Toronto-Completely revamped , making strides towards eventually being a contender again.
6)Florida-Solidified D-corps , will have steady D and a nice offencive punch with McCabe and Bouwmeester, Offence not as languishing as appears. Continued development of young players.
7)Detroit-Addition of Hossa adds one more offencive weapon , development of young players .
8)San Jose-Steadied D line and gives secondary threats besides Thornton line. Improved PowerPlay
9)Philedalphia-Emergence of several young players , supported by gritty 3rd and 4th liners.
10)Boston-Addition of Ryder and return of Bergeron and Fernandez.Expected emergence of young players.
11)Tampa Bay-Will be better then last year , to say the least.
12)NYR-Added defencive assets in Kalinin and Redden . Replaced loss of Jagr wth Zherdev , Naslund and Fritsche.Continued emergence of young players.
13)Dallas-Added a much needed agitator in Avery , Added a top prospec in Brunnstrum.
14)Washington-Return of Nylander and Clark add further offencive threats . With Theodore brought in to stablise goaltending.
15)New Jersey-Addressed of the offencive woes with additions of Rolston and Holik. Continued emergence of young players such as Langenbrunner and Parise.
16)Montreal-Injected some much needed toughness in fighter Laroque , added a more skilled forward in Tanguay.Young players will play increased rolls.
17)Vancouver-Balanced out sscoring with additions of Krog , Demietra , Bernier and Wellwood. A healthy D corps will contribute as well.
18)NYI-Streit and Weight will add to a much languishing GF column and PP% success.
19)Carolina-Addressed a defencive need with the aquisition of Pitkanen.
20)Calgary-Added Bertuzzi and Glencross for some grit and secondary scoring.
21)Buffalo-Addition of Rivet will strengthen D-corps .
22)Atlanta-The signings of Hainsey, Reasoner and Williams will attempt to strengthen a incredibly weak and under-achieving team.
23)Ottawa-Attempted to strengthen D-corps and secondary scoring with signings and aquisitions of Shannon , Smith , Kuba and Picard. Capable back up brought in with signing of Auld.
24)Avalanche-Return of Sakic will contribute much , as will a healthy team . Tucker and Raycfroft brought in with attempts to balance scoring and provide stability in net.
25)Los Angeles-Stoll and Greene added as pieces of the soon to be complete rebuilding of team. Continued emergence of youngsters will also improve team.
26)Minnesota-Scoring threats brought into replace those that were lost. D-Corps steadied out . Youngsetrs will continue to improve.
27)Pittsburgh-Additions of Satan and Fedetenko will help add to the depleted secondary scoring . Continued emergence of young players will add to team.
28)Anaheim-Morrision brought in to aid scoring . Continued development of youngsters a must.
29)St.Louis-Addition of Mason will help ease goaltending situation. Continued emergence of young players greatly needed.
30)Nashville-Little done to improve . Loss of Radulov will hurt GF . A healthy team will be of great impact to Nashville.