Eastern Conference final stadings from last year
1 -Boston 116
2 -Washington 108
3 -New Jersey 106
4 -Pittsburgh 99
5 -Philadelphia 99
6 -Carolina 97
7 -NY Rangers 95
8 -Montreal 93
9 Florida 93
10 Buffalo 91
11 Ottawa 83
12 Toronto 81
13 Atlanta 76
14 Tampa Bay 66
15 NY Islanders 61
This year we should see a few teams flip flop with some new teams making the playoffs on paper anyway. But every year there is always a few surprises. Its anyone's guess but here's how I see things shaping up for the 2009/2010 season. Sometimes its easier to work backwards.
15 NY Islanders - Tavares and Roly the goalie won't move you up this season
14 Atlanta - Needed to get Kovy some help before he leaves for big $
13 Florida - A team with no identity has a few young parts that will shine on occassion
12 Tampa Bay - Young team that wants to learn how to win. D is much improved
11 Buffalo - You can't expect to move up if you do nothing in the offseason.
10 New Jersey - Extremely tough division. Lots of cap space, could still move up.
9 Montreal - Just an average team, may sneak into the playoffs but too small to win
8 Toronto - New attitude, new boss, new results, Toskalo playing for new contract
7 NY Rangers - Can all the big money finally work?
6 Pittsburgh - Top 2 Centers in the game, can`t shut them both down night after night.
5 Carolina - Easiest Division, should rack up plenty of points, Stall eyes Olympic squad
4 Ottawa - Heatley ? mark remains a huge issue, finally have a goalie.
3 Washington - Ovie wants 3 MVP's in a row? Only Gretzky and Orr have ever done it.
2 Philly - A very complete team. Only ? is Emery but I think he has something to prove.
1 Boston - Not the best team but they aren`t in the Atlantic division
Teams from 7-10 can be flipped all around but I can`t see too much change overall.
Give me you standings, or comment on the above standings for your favorite team.