2019-20 NHL Preview
Axios Sports
Posted: 2019-10-02

One Key Question For Every Team:

East

Atlantic Division

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (1): Did they find the missing pieces to finally pull it all together?
  • Boston Bruins (2): How do they overcome last year's heartbreak?
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (3): Can they finally make a Stanley Cup run?
  • Florida Panthers (15): Does Bobrovsky make them a playoff team?
  • Montreal Canadiens (19): Will they make the playoffs?
  • Buffalo Sabres (25): Will the playoff drought (2010-present) finally end?
  • Detroit Red Wings (30): What should we expect from the transition period helmed by Steve Yzerman?
  • Ottawa Senators (31): Is there anything to be excited about?

Metropolitan Division

  • Washington Capitals (5): Does this core have another shot at the Cup?
  • Carolina Hurricanes (12): Will goaltending be an issue?
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (14): Will Evgeni Malkin bounce back?
  • New York Islanders (16): Can they exceed expectations again?
  • New Jersey Devils (17): What needs to happen for Taylor Hall to sign that extension?
  • New York Rangers (18): Are their expectations too high after an accelerated rebuild?
  • Philadelphia Flyers (20): Is Carter Hart their true goaltending savior?
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (23): How bad will this post-all-in team be?


West

Central Division

  • St. Louis Blues (4): What comes next after they finally won it all?
  • Nashville Predators (8): Is Duchene enough to fix last year's abysmal power play?
  • Colorado Avalanche (10): Is this team the real deal?
  • Winnipeg Jets (11): Do they have enough depth on defense?
  • Dallas Stars (13): Will Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski be the fix on offense?
  • Chicago Blackhawks (21): Can they build off last season's strong finish?
  • Minnesota Wild (24): Can they compete in a stacked Central Division?

Pacific Division

  • San Jose Sharks (6): Was last year an anomaly for goalie Martin Jones?
  • Vegas Golden Knights (7): Will they bounce back from that sophomore slump?
  • Calgary Flames (9): Have they figured out how to navigate the playoffs?
  • Arizona Coyotes (22): What will Phil Kessel's impact be?
  • Vancouver Canucks (26): Will Quinn Hughes be their third straight Calder finalist?
  • Anaheim Ducks (27): Where will the offense come from?
  • Edmonton Oilers (28): Can Ken Holland steer them back to the playoffs?
  • Los Angeles Kings (30): Can the veterans bounce back?

  • Top 10 Players Overall

  • 1. Nikita Kucherov, RW (TB)
  • 2. Connor McDavid, C (EDM)
  • 3. Nathan MacKinnon, C (COL)
  • 4. Alex Ovechkin, LW (WSH)
  • 5. Patrick Kane, RW (CHI)
  • 6. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW (EDM)
  • 7. Brad Marchand, LW (BOS)
  • 8. Sidney Crosby, C (PIT)
  • 9. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G (TB)
  • 10. David Pastrnak, RW (BOS)


Top 10 Players By Position:

  • Center: 1. McDavid (EDM), 2. MacKinnon (COL), 3. Crosby (PIT), 4. Auston Matthews (TOR), 5. Steven Stamkos (TB), 6. Aleksander Barkov (FLA), 7. John Tavares (TOR), 8. Tyler Seguin (DAL), 9. Jack Eichel (BUF), 10. Malkin (PIT)
  • Left Wing: 1. Ovechkin (WSH), 2. Marchand (BOS), 3. Taylor Hall (NJ), 4. Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), 5. Artemi Panarin (NYR), 6. Gabriel Landeskog (COL), 7. Matthew Tkachuk (CGY), 8. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA), 9. Filip Forsberg (NSH), 10. Jamie Benn (DAL)
  • Right Wing: 1. Kucherov (TB), 2. Kane (CHI). 3. Pastrnak (BOS), 4. Mikko Rantanen (COL), 5. Blake Wheeler (WPG), 6. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), 7. Mark Stone (VGK), 8. Alexander Radulov (DAL), 9. Alex DeBrincat (CHI), 10. Mitchell Marner (TB)
  • Defense: 1. Brent Burns (SJ), 2. Karlsson (SJ), 3. Victor Hedman (TB), 4. John Carlson (WSH), 5. Roman Josi (NSH), 6. Kris Letang (PIT), 7. Mark Giordano (CGY), 8. John Klingberg (DAL), 9. Morgan Rielly (TOR), 10. Keith Yandle (FLA)
  • Goalie: 1. Vasilevskiy (TB), 2. Ben Bishop (DAL), 3. Bobrovsky (FLA), 4. Frederik Andersen (TOR), 5. Carey Price (MTL), 6. Tuukka Rask (BOS), 7. Pekka Rinne (NSH), 8. Braden Holtby (WSH), 9. Jordan Binnington (STL), 10. Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)


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