Jun 26, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LoganOllivier</b></div><div>But those 30 year olds are all their main core. Backstrom, Ovie, Oshie, Karlsson, and Hotlby will start showing their age before too long. They'll still be a very good team, not doubt, but the days of contention are fewer ahead than behind.</div></div>
I don't disagree, but I think that it's about 3 years out from being reality. Holtby will be gone after this season, replaced with Samsonov on his ELC, and Carlson is 29. I think the only concern right now is Oshie. Backstrom has been relatively healthy other than a broken finger during the 2018 Cup run. No one really knows when Ovi is going to regress, because by all measures of projection, he should have been regressing by now in terms of scoring.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LoganOllivier</b></div><div>I would be mildly surprised if the Canes finished 1st, its a division in transition. Washington is regressing, Pittsburgh is not likely to be much better than last year, Philly should be better, the Rangers should be much better as well. Columbus will regress but still has some talent and a very good defence, the Islanders are doubtful to be as good as last year. So what will happen in Carolina? I think they could be better than last year, but I also think they could take a step back as well. I don't have faith in their goaltending to be super great but they have a great system so that helps.
Honestly its hard to predict the Metro. I think its pretty likely that both wild card spots will be going to Atlantic teams so, to make the playoffs, Carolina has to finish in the top 3 for the division. Tampa, Boston, TO are all locks, and I think Florida and Montreal and maybe Buffalo are all really good teams as well.</div></div>
I'm not sure I agree with Washington regressing. The Caps did lose some depth scoring, but replaced it with players who are much better defensively, have good shot suppression metrics, and can kill penalties - essentially the three biggest issues the Caps had last season. Could I see them not winning the division? Absolutely. But I think the team isn't overall worse.