With so much attention given to sophomore slumps in the NHL, it’s easy to forget that player development doesn’t stop when a player hits his third year in the league. Do any notable players coming off successful second-year campaigns look susceptible to a step back in 2011-12? TheGP Hockey considers “the third-year jinx.”
Articles by Greg Thomson
The most obvious contender in the Northwest Division is the team that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last June. We all know how that ended. Is this the year the Vancouver Canucks finally bring home a Stanley Cup or is a youth-inspired power shift brewing?
Last season marked the first in which all three Californian NHL teams found their way into the postseason at once. With the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in particular having taken measures to shore up their rosters for the 2011-12 campaign, the Pacific Division is once again shaping up to be a competitive one.
For too long the NHL’s Central Division has been much of the same, year in and year out, with the Detroit Red Wings ultimately standing the only legitimate chance of making noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Heading into the 2010-11 season, however, we may be looking at some new storylines. Specifically some that involve the newly-reloaded Columbus Blue Jackets.
There was a time when the Southeast Division was referred to as the South ‘Least’ due to its lack of intrigue and poor attendance records. While attracting fans to the arena on a nightly basis is still a struggle, the Southeast is quickly becoming one of the most electrifying divisions in all of hockey. Most importantly, it is filled with promising talent on the rise. Leading the division is, of course, the powerhouse Washington Capitals,…