What, no - the Atlantic is weaker. Florida stinks, Toronto stinks, Montreal is not good, Ottawa isn't good, and Buffalo is terrible. Detroit's pretty mediocre too. Tampa is going to be very good, maybe even great next year, but everyone else is not very good.
If Datsyuk and Zetterberg can remain healthy, Detroit is much more than mediocre, especially if Nyquist will only continue to get better, which is a pretty good bet.
Florida is a team that might turn on a dime and all the sudden become a 90+ point team, but they're probably another year away. Young (albeit very young) skilled forwards, and Luongo probably has another three years of a .915+ save percentage. Gunbrandson might actually manage to turn things around, who knows.
All the stats would tell you that Toronto stinks, and maybe this year is when it truly begins to show. However, for the past two years, they've been better than the fancy stats suggest. Bernier might also be really, really good and help a bad team look respectable.
Buffalo will in all likelihood be terrible this year and the year after. In three years though, it's a team will be a perennial Cup contender depending on how they fare in the draft lottery next year. And if the Isles crap the bed next year, Buffalo could very well be the next dynasty.
Ottawa stinks, and probably will continue to stink for a while. I think they're going to be sorely disappointed with the return they get for Spezza.
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