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Ken Ken Ken. I thought you had more hockey knowledge then this. I say flip a coin between Cee Bees and Shore for 1st place, with Mt Pearl in 3rd. Cee Bees are hungry and most important, going with mostly local guys. All of these players work hard every shift. Losing the big three will no doubt hurt, but it will open up the door for guys like Lynch amd Thomey (who is a top 3 player in the league) to shine. The only thing that is going hurt Cee Bees is losing a few d-man. The loss of Reardon, Stevens and Parsons is going to hurt a lot. They still have D_yke and French. But beyond that, they are thin. This team is going to be much tougher to play against then in past years. The additions of Keefe, Babb and Sellers (if he plays) are going to make things very interesting. It seems each team now has a bonified heavyweight. To be honest, this team is going to be a lot more fun to watch then the teams from the past couple of yrs. I see a lot more crashing and banging, and guys not afraid to mix it up. Good on them for moving forward.
As far as the shore go, yes losing Loughlin is bad, but how many goals did he score in the playoffs? Not many. A lot of his points/goals came against Bell Island and Mt Pearl last yr. He is a good player, but overrated in my opinion. The addition of Dalton will negate that. As well, their defence is still going to be similar to last year. The addition of Liam Wilson is big. He is a veteran who knows his role. Also, expect some of the younger guys like Rumsey and Morry to have decent yrs as well. The one question mark surrounding the breakers is goaltending. Well, I got a feeling that may change by Jan. Not going to get into it here, but rumour has it that they are going to be much stronger. As well, there is another top 6 forward or 2 on the way.
Yes mp they have added Chappy (who is going to set him up? Row? That's all they got. Their goaltending is still suspect at best and well...Ball and Lee are going to have a path beaten to the sin bin. Lee is nuts and Ball is too slow to keep up. Good number 5 or 6 d-man, but not a top 3 guy. I really like the direction they are going in and I believe that if there was a province wide league, they would compete because of the $$$. They are young, decitated and have great leadership throughout the organization. Expect great things from this team in yrs to come.
Torbay will finish 4th. Younger and faster, but still no stability between the pipes. O'Brien will be the man there before the year is out. Not to mention there defence is weak. Only 2 legit Sr d-men. Cooper and Power.
Bell Island will round out the standings but will be nipping at the sharks heals.