Division Team Rankings: A Storm in the Atlantic

July 13th, 2010 by Evan Bogris Leave a reply »

The Atlantic Division continued its trend of  producing legitimate cup contending threats during the 2009-2010 season. The teams along the Atlantic coast were blessed with premier talents such as: Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, Henrik Lundqvist, John Tavares, Evgeni Malkin, Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and many more. In fact, last season was the first since 2005-2006 that did not include four out of the five Atlantic Division teams in the playoffs (Rangers missed continuing this trend by a single point). That is quite an unbelievable streak when you consider that each conference consists of three leagues each with five teams. Needless to say, competition in the Atlantic Division is fierce, and the 2011-2012 seasons looks to bring a similar battle level as its predecessors.

“Is the Atlantic Division stronger this year than last?”

Absolutely. I base this on the fact that many of the young superstars for each respective team have gotten more experience and are another year closer to their full potential. Players under this premise include: John Tavares, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Zach Paris ...

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