No, the Pacific Division is not exactly what the San Jose Sharks and their loved ones remember it was before the COVID-19 epidemic. But that doesn’t necessarily mean things will be easier for the Sharks when they played in the West Division last season with Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis and Vegas.
The Sharks finished seventh in the division, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
“Do you call it tougher than last year? I don’t know,” Shark coach Bob Bogner said of the Pacific. So there are a lot of unknown things. ”
This season, the play-off format is back from 2013-14 to 2019-2020, when the top three teams in each division automatically qualify, and two other places in each conference fill the next two top-ranked finishers. ۔ On the record of the regular season.
“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing for or what division you’re in this league, there’s a lot of equality,” Bogner said. “Let’s face it, you have to get 95 points plus to be a playoff team, and it’s not easy to do.”
Here’s a look at the Pacific Division, in order to predict the end.
1. Vegas Golden Nights.
2020-2021 record: 40-14-2 (Second in West Division)
Coach: Pete de Boer, Season 3.
Leaders: F. Mark Stone, F. Max Pesority, D. Alex Petrangello, G. Robin Lehner.
Top News Commerce: F Evgenii Dadonov, F Nolan Patrick, G Laurent Brossoit
Key departures: G. Mark-Andre Flory, F. Ryan Reeves, F. Cody Glass.
Analysis: With the exception of injuries, the Golden Knights are the favorites to win the division. He got Dadonov to improve his power play and brought in Patrick to strengthen the depth of his center. Perhaps there is a question about the Golden Knights’ goal-scoring, as Vesina Trophy winner Flory’s salary was traded in Chicago for cape reasons. Lehner, with a career saving of .918 percent, unquestionably takes the No. 1 goal as a backup with Bros. Lehner has not played more than 50 games with the Buffalo in a single season since 2017-18, and will likely be asked to play more games this year, so it will be interesting to see how he does the extra work. Handles Reeves’ departure can also be felt, especially in the locker room.
2. Edmonton Oilers.
2020-2021 record: 35-19-2 (Second in North Division)
Coach: Dave Tippett, Season 3
Leaders: F. Connor McDavid, F. Leon Driesital, D. Darnell Nurse, G. Mike Smith.
Top News Commerce: F. Zack Hyman, F. Derek Ryan, D. Duncan Keith.
Key departures: F. James Neal, D. Adam Larson, D. Ethan Beer.
Analysis: The Eilers have only made it to the second round of the playoffs once since drafting McDavid in 2015. He has tried to solve some of his deeper problems with the signatures of Hyman and Ryan, and hopes that Keith’s winning generation will be wiped out. The other player, however, wonders about the depth of the back end, and whether the 39-year-old Smith can spend another strong year in the net. Edmonton will make it to the playoffs but is not yet ready to be counted in the NHL elite.
3. Calgary Flames.
2020-2021 record: 26-27-3 (Fifth in Northern Division)
Coach: Daryl Sutter, Season 2
Leaders: F. Johnny Gadrio, Elias Lindholm, F. Matthew Takachok, G. Jacob Mark Sturm.
Top News Commerce: F. Blake Coleman, D. Nikita Zadrov.
Key departures: D. Marc Giordano, F. Derek Ryan.
Analysis: The Flames did a lot of damage last season as they missed the playoffs for the second time in five years. Sturr took over halfway through last season and, as long-time shark fans are aware, his teams love to play a strict checking style. But do the personnel at the flames match this identity? Also, who will replace their captain Giordano as their locker room leader from 2013? Flames has the ability to make the playoffs, but it could also be a season of uproar with Godrej’s pending UFA.
4. Vancouver Canucks.
2020-2021 record: 23-29-4 (Eighth in Northern Division)
Coach: Travis Green, fifth season.
Leaders: F. Brooke Bosser, D. Quinn Hughes, F. Elias Petersen, G. Thatcher Demco.
Top News Commerce: De Oliver A Main-Larsen, F. Connor Garland, G. Jaroslav Hulk.
Key departures: D. Nate Schmidt, D. Alexander Adler, F. Antonin Russell, G. Braden Holtby
Analysis: The Canucks have a formidable young core, led by Bosser, Hughes, Petersen, and Niels Hoaglander, and a goal scorer at Demco, who gave the No. 1 spot for the entire season, the NHL’s best. One of them could be. . But there are still big questions about their defensive corps, which will soon be over after Hughes, Tyler Myers and one Man Larson. Still, Garland is an upgrade over Russell, and Vancouver’s top nine.
5. Los Angeles Kings.
2020-2021 record: 21-28-7 (Sixth in West Division)
Coach: Todd McLellan, Season 3.
Leaders: F.N. Copetar, F. Dustin Brown, F. Alex Ifalo, D. Drew Dotty,
Top News Commerce: F. Philip Denalt, F. Victor Irvidson, D. Alexander Adler.
Key departures: D. Curtis McDermott.
Analysis: The Kings announced their intention to come out of their rebuild with the signing of Danwalt and Adler and the acquisition of Arvidsson from Nashville. Los Angeles is a strong place for impressive prospects, and players like Arthur Calev and Vladimir Takachev may be ready to make an immediate impact. Kyle Peterson is the new No. 1 goal scorer. There is every reason to believe that the Kings will be better this season, especially if they continue to develop Stanley Cup players over the years. But he could be a year away from being a serious playoff contender.
6. San Jose Shark.
2020-2021 record: 21-28-7 (Seventh in Western Division)
Coach: Bob Bogner, Season 3.
Leaders: F. Logan Kochter, F. Thomas Hartel, D. Eric Carlson, D. Brent Burns
Top News Commerce: G. Eden Hill, F. Nick Bonino, F. Jonathan Dahlin, F. William Auckland.
Key departures: G. Martin Jones, F. Ryan Donato, F. Patrick Marlio.
Analysis: Could a new round of tandem, a better forward depth and a better culture lead to a return to the playoffs? That’s what TeamTel hopes for, but the big questions remain. Is Eden Hill ready to become the No. 1 goal scorer in the NHL and play 45-55 games? Can players like Carlson, Burns and Kutcher still produce what they did in previous years? What’s going to happen to Ender Kane? If they stay healthy and everything goes well, the sharks should stay in the mix for the playoffs. Most likely, the sharks are watching the third year without.
7. Seattle Creek.
2020-2021 record: n / A
Coach: Dave Hoxtol, first season.
Top News Commerce: F. Juden Schwartz, F. Jordan Aberrell, D. Marc Giordano, G. Philip Grouber
Key departures: n / A
Analysis: Expansion Creek will not be as good this season as it was in the Golden Nights 2017-18. Not even close. But Seattle has the standard pieces to make a terrible year. Grubauer was great for the Colorado avalanche last season and could be the MVP of the Kraken. Seattle has some flashes with Eberle, but it’s about to become a blue-collar team that needs to grind to success. It remains to be seen whether Hoxtol is the right coach for the group after an unexpected tenure as Philadelphia Flyers coach from 2015-2018. Playing against Seattle won’t be easy, especially at home, but the playoffs are at least a year or two away.