The other morning, just before leaving work, I noticed dried up leaves on the ground that had fallen. Not only that, but the sun was rising later, and the morning had a cool feel to it. It’s unmistakable: Fall is on it’s way, and that can only mean one thing – NHL hockey is not too far off.
One of the advantages of being part of a Network that features bloggers for every prolific sport is that it’s much easier to collaborate for projects. This season is no different, with a commitment from each Fansided NHL site to put together a mosaic that, when completed, will preview the NHL in it’s entirety. Of course, most people visit this site to see how the Vancouver Canucks are doing, but when you really analyze it, knowing how the competition (for the Canucks) stacks up is part and parcel with knowing how the Canucks will fare. This offseason has been one of the most unique in recent memory, and a number of things have transpired that few people could have predicted. These previews will be rather formulaic, alphabetically ordered, so the Canucks will be one of the last teams covered. Because I’m a little behind the 8-ball on this particular project because of falling prey to afore-mentioned season change (sore throat, general flu symptoms), I’m going to kick things off with 2 team previews, the Anaheim Ducks and the Canucks’ final nemesis from 2010-11, the Boston Bruins.
Anaheim Ducks Season Preview – Michael Lombardi (Ducks Daily Blog)
It is safe to say the Ducks have one of the strongest cores in the NHL. The Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry line is one of the best trios in the league and can take on anyone. If Teemu Selanne returns, he will bring back his magic to the powerplay. They also have some insane power on the blue line with veteran Lubomir Visnovsky and rookie Cam Fowler. With Jonas Hiller in net, the Ducks have one of the league’s top goaltenders.
The Ducks biggest issue would be their lack of depth. Ducks GM Bob Murray made some off-season moves to hopefully fix those problems.
Boston Bruins Season Preview -Steve Kendall from Causeway Crowd, the Fansided Networks’ Boston Bruins Writer gives us an in-depth preview.
When the 2010-11 season started, not many people were picking the Boston Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup. However, on June 15, it was Zdeno Chara and his teammates finishing off a seventh-game win over the Vancouver Canucks to capture Boston’s first NHL championship since 1972.
This season, all eyes are on the Bruins, who bring back a majority of their championship squad, including Vezina and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas, playoff leading scorer David Krejci, and Norris finalist Zdeno Chara. With depth at every position, a veteran presence, and skilled young players pushing for playing time, the Bruins are poised to make a run at becoming the NHL’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.