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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Atlantic Storylines

by James O'Brien
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Ideas. They’re not exactly limitless.

Sure, sometimes you’re on a roll. Every joke seems to crack up your friends, and it’s probably not just because you’re the Don. There’s that feeling that you’re just on a hot streak, and you best get a tape recorder or notebook to make sure all those GOLDEN ideas aren’t lost to time.

Television and film tend to spotlight the deficit in ideas as much as anything else.

Heck, just look at Limitless, which was a solid-if-forgettable pseudo-scientific movie and now is being rebooted into a TV show. Limitless may just capture the limited nature of imagination - and especially big, risk averse companies - as much as anything else.

That’s Alanis Morissette's version of ironic, kids.

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So, anyway, the Dose has featured some fairly unique bits during this pre-season. Check them out in case you missed anything:

Maximizing your fantasy fun

Phases of the draft

16 Thoughts for next season

Marooned by platoons

The All-All-Purpose Team

Without a particularly strong idea, I thought I’d wrap up the pre-season by spitting out the storylines that intrigue me about each team. Considering the number of teams involved, I’m breaking things up by division.

To get on your good side, I’ll even discuss a 3-on-3 set that could be especially fun for each team.

Let’s go in alphabetical order, so today’s division will be the Atlantic.


My guess is that the Bruins landing Dustin Byfuglien is less than a 50-50 proposition, but boy would that be an intriguing situation. Imagine, for instance, how helpless penalty kills would feel trying to deal with Byfuglien and Zdeno Chara’s howling point shots?

One could imagine Claude Julien instantly clashing with Byfuglien - his track record with “creative types” seems sketchy, at best - so Boston may not be the absolute ideal destination for “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” if he does get traded.

It would still be pretty cool, though.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Torey Krug


The big Buffalo questions are quite broad: how will the newbies fare?

Prognosticators may give you a ballpark estimate on Jack Eichel’s rookie production, yet I’d wager that it’s extremely difficult to set realistically expectations for “The Guy Drafted After McDavid.”

The fresh faces are truly abundant and fascinating beyond Eichel, though.

Evander Kane still needs to play his first game as a Sabre and his potential still outweighs his recent production ... by a lot. Ryan O'Reilly finally gets his chance to be THE GUY ... at least for a little while.

Cody Franson was a bargain, but will he get the right chances to be the solid deeper fantasy D option he's often been?

Oh yeah, and can Robin Lehner back up the hype that's rapidly fading around his name?

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Evander Kane - Ryan O’Reilly - Jack Eichel (or Cody Franson, if Dan Bylsma chickens out)


If it weren't for Pavel Datsyuk's injury situation, I'd be especially pumped up about Detroit.

Brad Richards isn't that exciting of an addition, though he can be helpful if used sparingly (and in a highly protected role).

What I'm most fascinated about is how Mike Green integrates into the group.

It feels like the Red Wings have needed an offensively gifted right-handed defenseman since the day Brian Rafalski peaced out, and Green still very much fits the bill.

Sadly, Green fits in with Red Wings vets like Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in one less-than-ideal way: he gets hurt far too frequently.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Mike Green - Pavel Datsyuk (eventually) - Henrik Zetterberg


The storyline that compels me the most in 2015-16 is: can Jaromir Jagr bring those young-uns under his wing for a full season after generating some impressive work in a short run after being traded to Florida last season?

The Panthers are sort of tip-toeing toward impatience, as some of these kiddos need to take a step forward. Florida has a bounty of guys who could conceivably break through even more than before, most obviously Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov.

(No reasonable person who bark at Aaron Ekblad for his outstanding progress from his rookie year, so we'll leave him out of the group of youngsters who need to pick it up.)

Obviously, the Cats aren't under much of a microscope as one of the league's least relevant franchises, at least from a national perspective. Locals must be getting a little antsy, though, right?

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Jaromir Jagr with a cold shoulder and an oxygen tank if he gets put out there with all that ice to cover.


This clip of Alexander Semin with a stick stuck in his jersey is pretty zany stuff. Give it a giggly glance.

You know what, though? It made me realize just how fun Semin could be in a Habs jersey.

Montreal's honestly not that interesting overall - as long as Michel Therrien's involved, the entertainment ceiling is modest - but I'm pumped to find out if Semin pans out.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Alexander Semin, somehow.


Another team I'm pretty perplexed by is the Senators.

One would assume that the run they enjoyed post-walrus (or A. PAUL MACLEAN) sets the table for regression, yet you also must considering that they're probably better than they were during the grimmer moments of the Stache era.

I'm most intrigued to see how Bobby Ryan plays. At the moment, his extension looks like a mistake, and we might just be waiting to see how big that mistake really was.

Alternatively, he's not so old that it's impossible for him to turn things around, either.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Erik Karlsson - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone


All eyes will be on Steve Stamkos, and with good reason.

A player of his magnitude entering a contract year is a rare beast, and I could totally fathom a scenario where the Bolts ink him to an extension, despite all the rumors about Toronto and other scenarios.

Regardless, he should have a strong year as long as he’s healthy, and could propel Jonathan Drouin to some fantastic assist numbers if they stick together.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Victor Hedman - Steve Stamkos - Tyler Johnson. Alt option: The Triplets!


The Buds really aren't crazy enough to let Lou Lamoriello bring a New Jersey albatross into town in the form of Travis Zajac, are they? Those rumors are pretty mind-melting.

Anyway, after having some dopey-to-mediocre options behind the bench, the Maple Leafs are now hitting the reset button with Mike Babcock behind the controls. That makes just about every fork-in-the-road player (especially someone like Nazem Kadri) even more fun to observe.

3-on-3 OT formation that would be fun/odd/interesting: Morgan Rielly - Nazem Kadri - James van Riemsdyk

James O'Brien
James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.