This series will cover all thirty teams and go over the most important player, and player who’s performance most needs to improve to help the team succeed.

From what’s been said in Chicago it’s time for the Cup hangover and drought to end and end now. The influx of new players is heavy and interesting, but the talented core remains the same and that’s what will bring success if the team can wrest it from their opponents.

High Card:

Duncan Keith is expecting a year more like the one that saw him win the Stanley Cup just months after taking home a Olympic Gold. In an  interview he said he didn’t take good enough care of himself between winning the cup and the start of last season. It’s unlikely a member of the triple gold club could fail to fix a problem having identified it, and with this Norris winner back in form it transforms the whole team.

Wild Card:

Filling the crease for the departed rookie sensation Antti Niemi couldn’t have been an easy job for Corey Crawford. He did however go out and do the job better, in more games behind a worse team. Like James Reimer in Toronto he no longer has the advantage of being new. Other teams will have a good load of material from last year to supplement with any of this years tapes.  One of the interesting challenges will be having Ray Emery as a backup to start the season as the older goaltender will be both fighting for ice time and a contract for next season.

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