When me and @MrPurpleCrush first prepared for these write-ups, we did all standing predictions and grades first. Just to close off these previews, although this isn't in-depth by any means, here are those grades and predictions for the Metro and Pacific: Metropolitan Division 1) - Pittsburgh Penguins Forwards - A+ Lines @eastons17 - @KingClutch x 77 - @nehxC @alanscanucks - @xNav61 - @Hriiz @Claeys - @Tychi66 - @xDubz47 Defencemen - B+ Pairings @Lajikel - @x_ReAcTiiOnz_71 @ItsJodach - @Girgs28 @CelpHxTitleD506 - @Reincremation Goalies - B+ @Lach12 @Lehk- Conclusion: The last few seasons, my doubt in this team was stored more in them not having enough depth up front. They found that last season and outscored their problems on defence on the way to barely losing out on the division title. This season they’ll outscore their way to the Metro Division lead. (ps: while I think they take a bit of a hit offensively swapping mooresy for Dubz, upgrading jmligt to Lajikel is a really nice job done by Nav) 2) - New York Rangers Forwards - B+ My Projected Lines @KMAC - @x Chyzz - @APX x 93 @SirGab- - @SebQc97 - @Mondy-_-91 @Hra-ow - @Dansne - @Jasono_x_l96l Defencemen - B+ My Projected Pairings @Bo-Dangles10 - @Big_Gren @SMx71- - @Mike813499 Guy - @xBrando92 Goalies - B+ @Breezy5457 @ciulla19 Conclusion: I’m a little worried about the depth on the back end, but Bo knows how to install a team-oriented defence with any unit that puts on the Rangers’ uniform. With no A1 contributor, I think we’ll see contributions from all over the place to get this team wins. 3) - Columbus Blue Jackets Forwards - B+ My Projected Lines @The_Blind_Ref - @Akonvict21 - @jeff0012 @Schwartz_x9 - @i9-Stamkos-1i - @eZDangles @AgedEmbryo - @Maxx_20 - @curlew7 Defencemen - A- My Projected Pairings @stammerchel - @RSall14 @Goouuu x 27 - @Oso-Sic @bigdogrex - @killerzqc Goalies - B @AhL_Allstar-3 @Canadas__Game416 Conclusion: A solid team, I wonder a bit about the creativity on offence with some of their wingers but getting Sall at that 6.5 million contract was such a huge help to finish off building this roster. 4) - Philadelphia Flyers Forwards - B- My Projected Lines @Krejci l46I - @HJHF14 - @BlaCky_lIX @Goofy_indian - @ScooTz-10 - @djunreal2010 @SEJerome26 - @Extendo28 - I don’t know Defencemen - B+ My Projected Pairings @IceAJ420 - @Bry2230 @Desjy99 - @xCounter43x @Tk3rr1994 - @Jeown Goalies - B @chadkillz134 @Navyynick Conclusion: Even though this team has a solid top-4 on defence, there’s just too many holes on offence in comparison to the first three teams in the Metro to give them a playoff spot. 5) - Washington Capitals Forwards - B- Lines @Kev I97l - @CRAZYROGO-1-7 - @GhostMK @SidTheKid_PiTT87 - @LaPlante94 - @ItsWillee @x_Jedi_x420 - @oshlag - @toslick Defencemen - B- Pairings @OdessaSteps - @Sedinpower @Mayor_35 - @Jbarnett2001 @Uberpwned_6969 - @Shaynestaa Goalies - B- @Agger23 @SliyumShady Conclusion: The first unit is going to get wins, then the questions come with the rest of the line-up. It’s the one team we have ranked below 3rd that I wouldn’t be surprised to see in a playoff spot at the end of the season. 6) - Carolina Hurricanes Forwards - C+ My Projected Lines @JJr - @TKonecnyX11 - @NicoH58 @bigMonge12 - @OohDat-Twiggle_ - @KermieFinesse @Soup_61 - @MaGiiK_x96x - @the1dragon Defencemen - C+ My Projected Pairings @Alexdrum100 - @kickass8000 @Smitterr - @Motown Guy - @Chaskin12 Goalies - C+ @jasonx1755 @Xeazykillx Conclusion: Bad. 7) - New York Islanders Forwards - D+ My Projected Lines @soul2cold77 - @deerhunter2911 - @coorsi88 @GFalquez - @Pezdemic - @cLaPPxD @ZeRo-l92I - @mikelong11 - @Cmutimmah10 Defencemen - C- My Projected Pairings @xOneTimer - @x-TML-x @Samurai-Siaki - @calmblueicex @phillysmvp - @memphisonfire Goalies - B @l-x_Marner_x-l @StackedPads Conclusion: Worse, but Scope will steal them a game here and there. 8) - New Jersey Devils Forwards - C Lines @xLeGenDaRyy- - @Crafted-95 - @TMills71 @Reider15-15 - @VEXEloQuence - @DUCKS0423 @Gastr604 - @Jake From State Farm - @BROSKI_002 Defencemen - D+ Pairings @vMustacho - @NH4JP @BrandonUtd - Guy @TBennz - @DodgesBlueShells Goalies - C @JVIysterious- @Speedytdawg88 Conclusion: The forwards are gonna do their jobs for the most part but I just don’t see them producing enough to cover for that back end. Pacific Division 1) - Los Angeles Kings Forwards - A Lines @GoochLicker_23 - @JaY_SnIpEz77_91 - @BLong67- @mikemoran19 - @lTloMMy- - @B-Bunny @Dark__Warfare__ - @Domi_x_13 - @Miipanton Defencemen - A Pairings @NielerR - @x13arzy @SilvaL15L - @CJ l58I @xMORENZ - @Dowdenn Goalies - B @JKHank07 @JuulPod- Conclusion: Depth is going to be the M.O. of the Kings. Perfect chance for Thoma to avoid the 2-3 week slumps he’s experienced the last few seasons and reach 20+ wins for the first time. If that happens it’s really going to be hard to knock this team out of first. 2) - Arizona Coyotes Forwards - A- Lines @Dirtyduster88 - @SJUSoccer9 - @TGil36 @Boughss - @l2l-Way-Hockey - @Williams_55 @Ekosecho - @TheSlimReaper22 - @wildstajan1 Defencemen - A Pairings @Jrascia - @Korey-72 @Dustin x 28 - @MrPurpleCrush @lxl sakic19 lxl - @tslot9449 Goalies - B @XxKickaPooXx @zeffster Conclusion: The last time Sean had a GM capable of 20+ wins, his Panthers won the Atlantic with 116 points. Mix in having Joe along with one of the best biddings, and this team is going to be a major problem. 3) - San Jose Sharks Forwards - B Lines @Class Act 27 - @Illyfilly - @Spooer69 @Project Gui - @WillRolltide - @Spray_and_pray_ @Mawson_99 - @i9i-Stamkos-i1ic - @Cbthomas28 Defencemen - A Pairings @AC_gee - @Gamingfreak911 @VegaRidge - @radicalapex @TomFerland69 - @Atreyal Goalies - A @Penguins2013 @Perkosaurus13 Conclusion: Another Sharks team with only a couple holes up front and a stacked defence and goalie tandem. AC was probably the best contract to come out of bidding. This team with one more move at forward would make this division a three-horse race. 4) - Vegas Golden Knights Forwards - B My Projected Lines @Sejje - @matthuot87 - @XxJusT4TheShoWxX @jay6219 - @TTV-Thorpe7 - @GallyChucky @Live by S I N - @Moofang - Guy Defencemen - B My Projected Pairings @BKerslake8 - @Jpinvmt @cholesterolbomb - @Zwigggy_ Guy - @tommyboii Goalies - B @flight-airline @realdemonX Conclusion: Franky makes the playoffs for the first time since Season 7. 5) - Calgary Flames Forwards - B- My Projected Lines @MyNamesMino - @Po1andsFinest - @HazeeHype @x Tka c h uk 19 - @L-_0-_o-_p-_s_88 - @hypey- @Furdayzbuddy - @l Bossy l x 22 - @MrFrankPompei Defencemen - B My Projected Pairings @stay_at_homed - @zChieef @louiedeuce8 - @VinceT13 @WartorianT - @FndigBigfootBobo Goalies - B- @Cuppy36 @TDK95 Conclusion: Could challenge for a wild card spot if the team doesn’t self-destruct every week... also am I tripping or is there no west line/unit? 6) - Vancouver Canucks Forwards - C+ My Projected Lines @Daddys_Gooch_fur - @nickyP1999 - @Aye Keeks @prodigytolegend - @SyNSxCrusade - @Enraged-x-Enigma @Faaa Queue - @Saucenikov - @JIm1410 Defencemen - C+ Pairings @dparans - @Notorious250 @The-Statistician - @rharmer3 @DCskins8 - @CFairman7 Goalies - B @cgiroux11 @TheyCallMeRevv Conclusion: A lot of unproven guys in that bottom-six. 7) - Edmonton Oilers Forwards - C My Projected Lines @KarlssonIsGod - @Kraftyx16 - @Streetsmurf @JCpens22 - @SensHockey2525 - @x Fisher 81 @Ols-9- - @Bogey99x_o - @FrostyLocks Defencemen - C My Projected Pairings @JonFromEarth - @xGianTx @zzzRy0 - @Robster_819 @TaPoisse - @in-c3p-ti0n_ Goalies - B+ @iCallsoWhat55 @Jenlocs Conclusion: Really weird mix no matter how you do the lines and pairings. 8) - Anaheim Ducks Forwards - D+ My Projected Lines @SANtheMAN19 - @Tidan-16 - @Meestah Don @xOgLowkeyyx - @SFL_PxssyLipz - @EnforcerBlues @BlakeL97L - @BigFreeze064 - @Jago Defencemen - B My Projected Pairings @xCOACH_19 - @timbilton201 @ryno1354 - I don’t know @cmike17 - @DakotaPie Goalies - C @Doc_Marshmallow @SWBobcats11 Conclusion: Odie can’t even save this team.