A couple more previews over at Puck Prospectus

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes,Columns,Florida Panthers,Puck Prospectus Column on September 21, 2009 — No Comments

This past weekend, I finished my third and fourth team previews over at Puck Prospectus.  I have been covering the Southeast Division, and this weekend I reviewed the chances of both the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes when it comes to 2009/10.

Here is an excerpt from my Panthers preview:

It was not exactly a storybook summer for the Florida Panthers. There was the pending sale of the team for fans to deal with and the team’s best defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester, was traded to Calgary on draft day because GM Randy Sexton knew he would not be able to sign the Alberta native to a long-term deal once free agency hit. Losing a player of Bouwmeester’s caliber would be a vital loss to any team, but will it be especially crippling for a Panthers team that did not spend up to the salary cap?

Read the entire preview here.

Here is an excerpt from my Hurricanes preview:

Was last season’s run to the third round a fluke, or are the Hurricanes primed to carry that momentum into next season? That is the question floating around the minds of hockey fans in North Carolina. Last season, the Hurricanes struggled through the first half of the season, but after a coaching change and the re-acquisition of Erik Cole, the team took off and did not stop its momentum until running into the eventual Stanley Cup champion Penguins in the Eastern Conference final.

Read the entire article here.

 

The IC picks across the board are:

 ana  atl  bos buf   cgy car 
 chi col  cls  dal  det  edm
 fla  los  min  mon  nas  njd
 nyi  nyr  ott  phi  pho  pit
 san  stl  tam tor   van  was