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Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Pacific Division Preview by @ToonsJack and @ToonsBrian

This week on The League, Brian and TJ covered all the major moves that took place in each of the Pacific Division organizations. As a supplement to that particular podcast, the guys present their predictions for the division.

TJ's Pacific Prediction:
1) Los Angeles Kings: The Kings return their usual names (Kopitar, Carter, Brown, Richards, Daughty, etc.). Give me Quick and a Vezina run to go with it.
2) Anaheim Ducks: The addition of Dustin Penner puts the Ducks on the heels of Penner's old squad.
3) Edmonton Oilers: I love this team and want to put them ahead of the Ducks, BUT youth tends to falter and they will have some growing pains.
4) Vancouver Canucks: Call me "nucks," but I think the Sedins and Luongo are out to prove something this year. They will edge out Phoenix for the 8th seed.
5) Phoenix Coyotes: The sand dogs are strong up top and have a feisty D. Top dog Mike Smith might be the difference between a wild card berth and "wait til next year."
6) San Jose Sharks: I might be too low on the Sharks, but all good things must come to an end. Thornton and Marleau, say hello to the end.
7) Calgary Flames: Calgary is the living, breathing definition of a rebuild. With Iginla gone and Kipper now retired, the future is all that remains.

Brian's Pacific Predictions
1) Anaheim Ducks: Teemu Selanne is back for his last run. Dustin Penner brings his Stanley Cup ring and an intimate knowledge of the division rival Kings. This is the Ducks' division to lose.
2) San Jose Sharks: San Jose loves the regular season. Give them a full length season and they'll be near the top, riding their typically strong goaltending and a good mix of youth and experience. The playoffs are a different story.
3) Los Angeles Kings: The impact the loss of Dustin Penner will have for the Kings can not be overstated. Jonathan Quick is a sensational goaltender and the team has many weapons and they'll adjust. 
4) Edmonton Oilers: The Edmonton Oilers have rebuilt their franchise in a hurry by adding many good pieces. Stealing Andrew Ference from Boston to help out defensively is one example of how they will have the biggest improvement in the Pacific this season.
5) Phoenix Coyotes: With new ownership committed to bringing winning hockey to the desert, expect big things from the soon-to-be Arizona Coyotes. Mike Smith is a strong goaltender and the addition of Mike Ribeiro will improve their 25th-ranked power play.
6) Vancouver Canucks: John Tortorella is the new coach in town and the 'Nucks will need to learn a new style of play. Roberto Luongo is the club's only superstar goaltender now and, given that aging squad, this year they will live and die by his play as the new additions adjust.
7) Calgary Flames: As the Flames recover from the flooding in that city a few short months ago, one of the few positives they may be able to say is "At least we're not Florida." 

Check out the entirety of Brian and TJ's Pacific Division coverage by subscribing to Radio: PI on iTunes, Stitcher or simply clicking right HERE
Next Up on The League: The Central Division Preview

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