With a returning core of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Matt Murray, the Penguins understandably received some love from our panel to three-peat, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the 1980-82 New York Islanders.
But the Dallas Stars also seem to be a hot pick, thanks in part to the wheeling and dealing of general manager Jim Nill, which landed goalie Ben Bishop, defenceman Marc Methot and forwards Martin Hanzal and Alex Radulov, among others.
Tarasenko is one of the best in the biz when it comes to ripping pucks into the back of an NHL net near you, but even he could only shrug his shoulders when we asked him who would score the most goals in the league during the upcoming season.
Just two years removed from leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup final, Bishop is getting a lot of support from NHL peers who feel he’ll thrive in his new home in the Stars’ crease thanks in part to a stingy Ken Hitchcock-led system.
He was a star for Team USA at the world junior championship and looked very comfortable at the NHL level when called up by Boston for its first-round playoff series against the Senators.
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