2012-13 Northeast Division Preview

Here’s my predictions on the Northeast Division for this season:

Boston Bruins

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: Tim Thomas, Joe Corvo

Not much needs to be said about the Bruins, but can Tuukka Rask prove himself worthy of being Boston’s top netminder once and for all?

Prediction: Northeast Division Champions

Buffalo Sabres

Key Additions: Steve Ott, Adam Pardy

Key Losses: Derek Roy, Brad Boyes

The Sabres decided to load up on grit guys like Steve Ott and Adam Pardy, but I still don’t know if it’s enough to make the Sabres playoff contenders this year.

Prediction: Fourth

Montréal Canadiens

Key Additions: Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong, Francis Bouillon

Key Loss: Scott Gomez

It’s a new era in le Belle Ville. A new general manager (Marc Bergevin) and a new head coach (Michel Therrien), highlights the offseason moves made by the Habs. I expect the Habs to have a much better season this year, not to mention you might get to see their 2012 1st-round pick Alex Galchenyuk wearing le bleu-blanc-rouge on the Bell Centre ice.

Prediction: Second

Ottawa Senators

Key Additions: Marc Methot, Guillaume Latandresse

Key Losses: Zenon Konopka, Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Nick Foligno

Led by Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators made it back to the Playoffs. But in what could be Daniel Alfredsson’s last season in the Senate, it’s gonna take a lot of effort to bring the Sens back to the playoff picture this year. Also, look out for Mika Zibanejad. The Sens’ 2011 1st-round pick looks to be a legit Calder Trophy contender this season.

Prediction: Fifth

Toronto Maple Leafs

Key Additions: James van Riemsdyk, Jay McClement

Key Losses: Luke Schenn, Colby Armstrong, Jonas Gustavsson

Like in Montréal, a power shift defined the offseason for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And like in Montréal, I expect the Leafs to have a much better season this year. However, all of this could change if Roberto Luongo gets traded to the Leafs.

Prediction: Third

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