So here's a bit of an oddity for you: The Score's annual fantasy hockey magazine "Sports Forecaster" has the San Jose Sharks finishing 4th in the Pacific and 13th in the West. I'm... Kind of at a loss for words. Not that this magazine is usually accurate (they had the Red Wings winning the Cup and Florida finishing 30th), but wow.
Their reasoning behind the decision? The Sharks "[don't] rise to the occasion enough", they have too many "missing pieces", the team has no top prospects, and the core of the team is over 30. And they say they don't hit enough (citing an "unofficial" - in their words - stat that says Sharks were 27th in hits last year). And apparently both Marleau and Boyle were actively being shopped since Draft... First I've heard of that. They are right, though, in pointing out that our PK was fucking awful.
The writers of this magazine also seem to think that Los Angeles is now the Gretzky-era Oilers (or some other dominant team), and predict they'll repeat without contest, and with 54 regular season wins.
I don't expect too much discussion: For all intents and purposes, this is an OT Thread... But I thought it'd be funny to point out such absurdity. :D
Oh - and they have Colorado, Minnesota and Edmonton finishing 3rd, 4th and 7th respectively. Adorable!