Atlantic Division - Preview

  Projected Standings:
1.  Pittsburgh Penguins
2.  New York Rangers
3.  Philadelphia Flyers
4.  New Jersey Devils
5.  New York Islanders


In the coming weeks, Jay and Cam will be looking at each team in more depth in the Fantasy Scouting Report but to tide you over during the dog days of August, I'll be taking a quick peak at each division and highlighting each team's key off-season acquisitions and losses as well as projecting forward lines, defensive pairings, and all-important fantasy sleepers.  Check it out after the jump.

1.  Pittsburgh Penguins
Key Off-Season Acquisitions:   Steve Sullivan
Key Off-Season Losses:  None
Top Prospects:  Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey, Simon Despres
Fantasy Sleeper:  Steve Sullivan

Top 9 Forwards
Neal - Crosby - Dupuis
Kunitz - Malkin - Sullivan
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy

Top 4 Defencemen
Letang - Orpik
Martin - Michalek

2.  New York Rangers
Key Off-Season Acquisitions:   Brad Richards
Key Off-Season Losses:  Alexander Frolov
Top Prospects:  Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Christian Thomas
Fantasy Sleeper:  Derek Stepan

Top 9 Forwards
Wolski - BRichards - Gaborik
Stepan - Dubinsky - Callahan
Fedotenko - Boyle - Anisimov

Top 4 Defencemen
Girardi - Staal
Sauer - McDonaugh

3.  Philadelphia Flyers
Key Off-Season Acquisitions:   Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jaromir Jagr, and Sean Couturier
Key Off-Season Losses:  Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Kris Versteeg, Ville Leino, and Brian Boucher
Top Prospects:  Sergei Bobrovsky
Fantasy Sleeper:  Jakub Voracek

Top 9 Forwards
Hartnell - Briere - Jagr
JvR - Giroux - Voracek
Nodl - Schenn - Simmonds

Top 4 Defencemen
Pronger - Carle
Timonen - Meszaros

4.  New Jersey Devils
Key Off-Season Acquisitions:  Adam Larsson
Key Off-Season Losses:  Brian Rolston
Top Prospects:  Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, Nick Palmieri
Fantasy Sleeper:  Nick Palmieri

Top 9 Forwards
Kovalchuk - Elias - Zubrus
Parise - Zajac - Palmieri
Tedenby - Josefson - Clarkson

Top 4 Defencemen
Tallinder - Volchenkov
AGreene - Larsson

5.  New York Islanders
Key Off-Season Acquisitions:   Marty Reasoner, Ryan Strome, Brian Rolston
Key Off-Season Losses:  Radek Martinek, Zenon Konopka
Top Prospects:  Nino Niederreiter, Calvin de Haan, Kiril Kabanov
Fantasy Sleeper:  Nino Niederreiter

Top 9 Forwards
Moulson - Tavares - Rolston
Grabner - Nielsen - Okposo
Comeau - Reasoner - Parentau

Top 4 Defencemen
Streit - Hamonic
Jurcina - Eaton

-->> Next week, I'll take a look at the Northeast:  Bruins, Canadiens, Sabres, Senators, and Maple Leafs.

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