SI.com's 2014-15 Preseason All-NHL Teams: first, second, third
Preseason All-America teams honoring the game's best players have been a staple of college football for nearly a century ... and so have the spillover arguments about who does and doesn't belong on them. With that fire-staring tradition in mind, we present SI.com's first ever preseason All-NHL teams.
Some of the choices were obvious—could anyone really argue against defending MVP Sidney Crosby as First Team center? Others may be more controversial. And there are bound to be snubs that leave you questioning just how much of our salary goes directly into Walter White's pocket.
While there were solid arguments to made on behalf of dozens of players, we ultimately selected the athletes we see as having the best chance of making this season something special.
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2014-15 prediction: 43-59-102
2014-15 prediction: 35-47-82
2014-15 prediction: 40-43-83
2014-15 prediction: 20-42-62
2014-15 prediction: 15-45-60
2014-15 prediction: 37 wins, 1.99 GAA, .931 save pct.
2014-15 prediction: 60 goals, 37 assists, 97 points
2014-15 prediction: 30 goals, 50 assists, 80 points
2014-15 prediction: 39 goals, 42 assists, 81 points
2014-15 prediction: 14 goals, 35 assists, 49 points
2014-15 prediction: 12 goals, 38 assists, 50 points
2014-15 prediction: 34 wins, 2.20 GAA, .921 save percentage
D—Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers: The tools are there and so's the opportunity. This is the season he puts it all together.