2017 Offseason,
1H 55 MINS

Atlantic Division Preview & Center Rankings

September 08, 2017

Did you know that since the salary cap era began in 2005, only one team from the Atlantic division has won the Stanley Cup? Answer…the 2011 Boston Bruins. Are there teams in this division that have a legitimate shot at glory in 2017-18? We’ll breakdown the Atlantic division’s off-season and give you our standings predictions for the upcoming season. We also rank the Top 5 centermen from each era to complete our series on ranking the best players of all-time.

Show Notes

0:00 – Intro

Atlantic Division Preview

2:08 – Detroit Red Wings
23:15 – Toronto Maple Leafs
37:20 – Tampa Bay Lightning
42:40 – Ottawa Senators
49:00 – Montreal Canadiens
59:42 – Florida Panthers
1:03:27 – Boston Bruins
1:10:20 – Buffalo Sabres

1:14:24 – Atlantic division predictions

Mark’s Predictions

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Boston Bruins
  5. Ottawa Senators
  6. Buffalo Sabres
  7. Florida Panthers
  8. Detroit Red Wings

Justin’s Predictions

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Boston Bruins
  5. Ottawa Senators
  6. Buffalo Sabres
  7. Florida Panthers
  8. Detroit Red Wings

1:21:30 – All-Time Best Centers

Mark’s List

Original Six

  1. Jean Beliveau – AS1 x7, AS2 x3, Art Ross x1, Hart x2 (runner-up x4), Smythe x1, SC x10,
  2. Stan Makita – AS1 x6, AS2 x2, Hart x2, Art Ross x4, Byng x2, SC x1 150 points in 155 playoff games.
  3. Howie Morenz – AS1 x2, AS2 x1, Hart x3, SC x 4
  4. Henri Richard – AS1 x1, AS2 x3, SC x11,
  5. Dave Keon – Calder, Smythe, Byng x2, AS2 x2, SC x4

Just missed – Ted Kennedy, Sid Abel, Syl Apps, Milt Schmidt

Expansion

  1. Wayne Gretzky – AS1 x8, AS2 x7, Art Ross x10, Hart x9, Smythe x2, Pearson x5, Byng x5, SC x4, more assists than anyone else has points…most playoff points.
  2. Phil Esposito – AS1 x6, AS2 x2, Art Ross x5, Pearson x2, Hart x2, SC x2, 717 goals, 1590 points. 137 points in 130 playoff games.
  3. Bryan Trottier – Calder, Ross, Hart (hart and ross in same season), Smythe, Clancy, AS1 x2, AS2 x2, SC x6
  4. Bobby Clark – AS1 x2, AS2 x2, Hart x3, Pearson x1, Masterton, Selke (82-83 second last year), SC x2
  5. Marcel Dionne – AS1 x2, AS2 x2, Pearson x2, Byng x2, Ross x1, 1771 points, 1040 assists.

Dead Puck

  1. Mario Lemieux – AS1 x5, AS2 x4, Calder, Masterton, Hart x3, Pearson x4, Smythe x2, Art Ross x6, SC x2, 1723 points in 915 games (690 goals).
  2. Mark Messier – AS1 x4, AS2 x1, Hart x2, Pearson x2, Smythe x1, SC x6, 1887 points (3rd all time)
  3. Steve Yzerman – AS1 x1, Pearson, Selke, Smythe, Masterton, SC x3, 1755 points (7th all-time)
  4. Joe Sakic – AS1 x3, Byng, Hart, Pearson, Smythe, SC x2, 1641 points (9th all-time)
  5. Peter Forsberg – AS1 x3, Calder, Hart, Ross, SC x2, 885 points in 708 games. 171 points in 151 playoff games.
  6. Sergei Fedorov – AS1 x1, Hart, Selke x2, SC x3,

Just missed: Eric Lindros

Salary Cap

  1. Sidney Crosby – Hart x2, Richard x2, Smythe x2, Pearson x3, Ross x2, AS1 x4, AS2 x4, SC x3
  2. Joe Thornton – Ross, Hart, AS1 x1, AS2 x3, Best playmaker of this era. Makes bad players amazing.
  3. Evgeni Malkin – Calder, Pearson, Hart, Ross x2, Smythe, SC x3, AS1 x3,
  4. Jonathan Toews – Selke, Smythe, SC x3, AS2 x1
  5. Pavel Datsyuk – Byng x4, Selke x3, AS2 x1, SC x2

Just missed: Ryan Getzlaf, Connor McDavid, Henrik Sedin

Justin’s List

Original Six:

  1. Milt Schmidt – BOS
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 1x Art Ross
  • 4x All Star (3x 1st, 1x 2nd Team)
  • 229/346/575 in 776 games
  1. Alex Delvecchio – DET
  • 3x Stanley Cup, 3x Lady Byng
  • 13x All Star (2x 2nd Team)
  • 456/825/1281 in 1549 games
  • 2nd most games played with one team (Lidstrom)
  1. Stan Mikita – CHI
  • 1x Stanley Cup, 4x Art Ross, 2x Hart, 2x Lady Byng
  • 9x All Star (6x 1st, 2x 2nd Team)
  • 541/926/1467 in 1394 games
  • P. Kane only Hawk since Mikita to win scoring title
  1. Howie Morenz – MTL
  • 4x Stanley Cup, 3x Hart, 2x Art Ross
  • 3x All Star (2x 1st, 1x 2nd Team)
  • 271/201/472 in 550 games
  • 10 top in scoring 10 seasons, died at 34 due to leg injury, first 9 HoF inductees
  1. Jean Beliveau – MTL
  • 10x Stanley Cup, 2x Hart (4x 2nd), 1x Art Ross, 1x Conn Smythe
  • 13x All Star (6x 1st, 4x 2nd)
  • 507/712/1219 in 1125 games
  • 7x Stanley Cup as Executive

Just missing the cut: Henri Richard – MTL, Syl Apps – TOR


Expansion & 80s:

  1. Bobby Clarke – PHI
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 3x Hart, 1x Selke, 1x Ted Lindsay
  • 8x All Star (2x 1st, 2x 2nd Team)
  • 358/852/1210 +506 in 1144 games
  • Retired to become GM of Flyers at 34
  1. Marcel Dionne – LAK // DET
  • 0x Stanley Cup, 1x Art Ross, 2x Ted Lindsay, 2x Lady Byng
  • 8x All Star (2x 1st, 2x 2nd Team)
  • 731/1040/1771 +28 in 1348 games
  • 8x 100+ point seasons (3rd best)
  1. Bryan Trottier – NYI // PIT
  • 6x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 1x Art Ross, 1x Conn Smythe, Calder
  • 8x All Star (2x 1st, 2x 2nd Team)
  • 524/901/1425 +452 in 1279 games
  • Most points in one period (6)
  1. Phil Esposito – BOS // NYR // CHI
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 2x Hart, 5x Art Ross, 2x Ted Lindsay
  • 10x All Star (6x 1st, 2x 2nd Team)
  • 717/873/1590 + 197 in 1282 games
  • First player to pass 100 points in a season (6x), co-founded TBL
  1. Wayne Gretzky – EDM // LAK // NYR
  • 4x Stanley Cup, 9x Hart, 10x Art Ross, 5x Lady Byng, 5x Ted Lindsay, 2x Conn Smythe
  • 18x All Star (8x 1st, 7x 2nd Team)
  • 894/1963/2857 +518 in 1487 games
  • Holds 60 NHL records

Just missing the cut: Peter Stastny – QUE // NJD, Dale Hawerchuk – WIN // BUF

Dead Puck:

  1. Peter Forsberg – COL
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 1x Art Ross, Calder
  • 5x All Star (3x 1st Team)
  • 249/636/885 +238 in 708 games
  • 8th in P/PG and 4th in A/PG all-time
  1. Joe Sakic – COL
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 1x Ted Lindsay, 1x Lady Byng, 1x Conn Smythe
  • 12x All Star (3x 1st Team)
  • 625/1016/1641 +30 in 1378 games
  • Only player to score 100+ points on a last place team, 6x 100+ points/2x 50+ goals
  1. Mark Messier – EDM // NYR
  • 6x Stanley Cup, 2x Hart, 2x Ted Lindsay, 1x Conn Smythe
  • 15x All Star (4x 1st, 1x 2nd Team)
  • 694/1193/1887 +210 in 1756 games
  • Only player to captain two different pro teams to championships, Rangers retired his # 1st
  1. Steve Yzerman – DET
  • 3x Stanley Cup, 1x Ted Lindsay, 1x Conn Smythe, 1x Selke
  • 9x All Star (1x 1st Team)
  • 692/1063/1755 +185 in 1514 games
  • 155 point season is most by a player not named Mario or Wayne, 6 straight 100+ point seasons
  1. Mario Lemieux – PIT
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 3x Hart, 6x Art Ross, 4x Ted Lindsay, 2x Conn Smythe, Calder
  • 10x All Star (5x 1st, 4x 2nd Team)
  • 690/1033/1723 +115 in 915 games
  • Only player with 30+ PPG in 2 seasons, most PPP in a season (80), record 3x 8 point games

Just missing the cut: Sergei Fedorov – DET // ANA, Eric Lindros – PHI // DAL


Salary Cap:

  1. Joe Thornton – SJS // BOS
  • 0x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 1x Art Ross
  • 6x All Star (1x 1st, 3x 2nd Team)
  • 384/1007/1391 +206 in 1446 games
  1. Ryan Getzlaf – ANA
  • 1x Stanley Cup
  • 3x All Star (1x 2nd Team)
  • 236/578/814 +145 in 861 games
  1. Evgeni Malkin – PIT
  • 3x Stanley Cup, 1x Hart, 2x Art Ross, 1x Ted Lindsay, 1x Conn Smythe, Calder
  • 4x All Star (3x 1st Team)
  • 328/504/832 +75 in 706 games
  1. Pavel Datsyuk – DET
  • 2x Stanley Cup, 4x Lady Byng, 3x Selke
  • 3x All Star (1x 2nd Team)
  • 314/608/918 +249 in 953 games
  1. Sidney Crosby – PIT
  • 3x Stanley Cup, 2x Hart, 2x Art Ross, 3x Ted Lindsay, 2x Richard, 2x Conn Smythe
  • 1x All Star (4x 1st, 3x 2nd Team)
  • 382/645/1027 +165 in 782 games

Just missing the cut: Patrice Bergeron – BOS, Jonathan Toews – CHI

Intro Music

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