ok buddy calm down there
you greatly over value pesce and slavin there good but not that good. TVR and fleury is third pairing on any team. Im talking about last season not the history of the hurricanes. I never said eric staal was bad but he leaves the canes and scores 40 goals again says something about who he was playing with.
Peters has only head coached the hurricanes you have no idea how he will handle a team that has very clear 1st and second line. 3 out of 6 of the guys you quoted had more than 20 goals so I don't know WTF you are talking about. as for the other three. Jordan stall is barely a 20 goal scorer over his entire career. Lindholm has never scored 20 goals. and Williams is 36 years old and should not be expected to score 20 goals. shot differential requires both offense and defense and out of your top 10 shooters only 3 are defenseman and all three have lass than a 6.1 shooting precentage
Finally Calgary is a playoff team and would have been if our starting goalie didn't get injured forcing our mediocre backups into net. Anaheim and LA are old and have regressed every year for the last 3-4 years so why do you think that will change now. they will be worse this year. Edmonton is a wild card but they have made absolutely no changes this offseason so you cant expect them to be miraculously better. McDavid is good but hockey isn't played by one player. Edmonton has 2 forward lines 1 defensive line and a super hot and cold goalie and they are stuck in cap hell because of bad overpayments. there is no reason to predict them being infinitely better.
we will see who's right this season.
personally im putting my money on the flames being top three in the pacific division and the hurricanes being bottom five in the eastern conference.
Pesce and Slavin are better then Hamilton, most people will baxk me up here. Lindholm averages 40 points a season and alwasy around 15-20 goals. Williams is a certain 20 goals a season. Flames aren't a playoff team. Carolina is going to be top 4 in the Metro, and a playoff team. Calgary are probably only better then Vancouver in the west. I can fully see them finishing 7th and thats where I got them. That d isn't anything great, the forwards are good but goaltending, from someone who know's bad goaltending probably better then anyone, is bad
Carolina's shot differential was powered by the D. Carolina allowed the fewest shots against in the league. That is the D. Adding Hamilton who is a hand down better D man and only losing Klas Dahlbeck is a massive improvement. Slavin is a top 20 D man to a lot of people and Pesce isn't far behind him. Adding Calvin De Haan who is a bonified top 4 guy and having an offensive dynamo in Justin Faulk as the extta should show you just how brilliant the D core is.
Peters is an subpar coach at best. He makes panic calls, rash decisions and does not know how to work with a goalie. What ould Calgary's maine concern be? This is why besides Vancouver the are arguably the weakest team in the west. Bad goaltending can kill a team, and if you do not have a D that can make up for it, like Philadelphia or Carolina, you are screwed. Calgary don't. TJ Brodie plays his wrong side. Giordano seemed to take a step back, but is still very good. Hamonic and Hanifin, a disaterous trade aquisition and an inexperienced and soon to be overpaid 21 year old is going yo screw you over. Then you have Micheal Stone who makes 3.5 mil for some god forsaken reason and is going to contribute to cap hell. I think your other D man is Dalton Prout? Maybe? Carolina are very good at producing their own D men, thats known. Calgary really needed Hanifin without giving up Hamilton, cause that hurts.
So when Cgy are sitting at home in the second week of april and Carolina are gearing up to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning or whoever finishes first in the east, I'll be back buddy. For now I'm done argue what you want, just know facts say you are wrong <3