The dog days of summer are here, but that won’t stop the Overtime writing crew to share their thoughts on the NHL in this roundtable discussion.
The San Jose Sharks have been one of the NHL’s most successful franchises over the past decade. They have been first or second in the Pacific Division in nine of the past 10 seasons. They have advanced to the Conference Final three times. However, they have been unable to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks are not as strong as they once were – their forward depth, in particular, is much shallower than it was a few seasons ago.
The Hurricanes had arguably the best off-season of any NHL club. They upgraded at center considerably with the acquisition of Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh. They signed a top line winger in Alexander Semin. Their young defense should be one of the best in the NHL in a few years. In particular, rookie Justin Faulk had a stellar 2011-12. However, the Hurricanes won’t be blowing through any NHL cities for the forseeable future thanks to the lockout.
The impending NHL lockout could be a blessing in disguise for several NHL teams. However, the Los Angeles Kings are not one of them. Although they played hockey well into the month of June, the Kings would likely lose out from any missed hockey in 2012-13. Why? Read on to find out.