With the first quarter of the season in the books, Scott Burnside (East) and Pierre LeBrun (West) evaluate each team’s performance:
Boston Bruins- Grade: A-plus
Summary: OK, so the hangover is officially over. The Bruins were 11-0-1 in their past 12 at the time of writing this and, with Tyler Seguin emerging as a bona fide star, there is no reason to think the Bruins can’t be a force again next spring.
Trending: Can this team get better? Why not? Trending up.
Minnesota Wild- Grade: A
Summary: The Wild have been out of the playoffs three straight years. But, GM Chuck Fletcher was a busy man in the offseason, replacing his head coach and making a pair of huge trades while inserting some youth from the AHL level into his lineup. Fletcher’s offseason elixir worked wonders through the opening quarter of the season.
Trending: Perhaps downward? Scoring woes suggest the Wild might come back down to earth unless the offense wakes up.
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