We've heard from all the experts, now it is time for the fans to weigh-in.
Rationale is as follows:
Due to parity in the NHL, the 30 team league can loosely be divided into three parts...
Top 10 teams are generally teams with over 100 points, who with NHL parity, are generally speaking, all cup contenders, maybe 1 or 2 players away.
Middle 10 are "bubble" teams that could make or miss playoffs depending on a number of factors - generally finishing season around 500., give or take.
Bottom 10 teams are non-playoff draft lottery teams - generally finishing season below 500. (less than 82 points)...please vote and state your rationale in the discussion section for debate...
You've heard the experts, now it's your turn. As diehard Islanders fans, where do YOU project the 2011-12 Islanders will rank in the final standings?
Over 100 points - Cup Contender (6 votes)
Above 500. - Highend Bubble Team - 88-96 points (70 votes)
Above 500. Lowend Bubble Team 83-87 points (82 votes)
Below 500. Lottery pick team, 76-81 points - 7th to 10th overall (9 votes)
Below 500. Lottery pick team, 68-75 points - drafting 4th to 6th (1 vote)
Below 500. Contenders to draft Nail Yakupov 1st overall in 2012 (1 vote)
169 total votes