Terry Jones' picks

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. CALGARY - Upgraded on Jarome Iginla & Co., who went to Stanley Cup Final.

* SAN JOSE - Talented young team made it to final four and is made for new NHL.

*3. NASHVILLE - Tomas Vokoun in goal, some speed and a second-rate division.

4. VANCOUVER - Same reach-for-the-top team, old NHL or new.

5. EDMONTON - Goaltending? Hemsky? Horcoff? If '???s' turn into '!!!s', look out.

6. COLORADO - No Forsberg. No Foote. No chance beyond making playoffs on memory.

7. DETROIT - Hockeytown going down. Still have enough left to battle way into playoffs.

8. COLUMBUS - Rick Nash gets first taste of Stanley Cup playoff play.

9. ANAHEIM - Scott Neidermayer is NHL's best defenceman if Chris Pronger isn't.

11. DALLAS - Another "old money" team on down escalator.

12. LOS ANGELES - Have Jeremy Roenick to talk a good game. But can they play one?

13. PHOENIX - Sorry, Gretz. Big guy in the sky couldn't coach these guys into playoffs.

14. ST. LOUIS - Traded Chris Pronger. Kept Keith Tkachuk. Go figure.

15. MINNESOTA - Twenty ties from last time around turn into losses this time.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. PHILADELPHIA - Loaded. Forsberg replaces fading Roenick, LeClair and Amonte.

*2. TAMPA BAY - Need Nikolai Khabibulin back to win the Stanley Cup again.

*3. BOSTON - Joe Thornton gets them here on his own.

4. NEW JERSEY - Martin Brodeur's good for 10 points in shootout alone.

5. OTTAWA - Dominik Hasek is washed up. Major mistake in goal costs 'em big-time.

6. PITTSBURGH - Crosby the real deal. But Penguins have surrounded him with pros.

7. MONTREAL - Wouldn't make the playoffs in the West.

8. ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk gets first taste of playoffs.

9. FLORIDA - Short-term upgrades Niewendyk and Roberts don't quite do it.

10. TORONTO - Only Canadian team not to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

11. N.Y. ISLANDERS - Michael Peca isn't going to miss it for a minute.

12. CAROLINA - Mike Commodore isn't going to lead them out of the wilderness.

13. N.Y. RANGERS - This wouldn't have happened if Glen Sather were still alive. He is?

14. BUFFALO - Daniel Briere will be available for world championships, no problem.

15. WASHINGTON - Didn't they fold the franchise during the lockout? And why not?


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