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Sunday Power Rankings-Top 10 New Newcomers to the Central Division

By Sean Fitzgerald
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May 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) skates on the ice before playing the New York Rangers in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3. James Neal-Nashville- Neal has scored 40 goals in season with the Penguins. That is the good news for the Predators. The bad news is that he scored 40 goals in 2011-12. That was also the last time he played over 60 games. He played 80 that season. The Predators believe that Neal can reach his 40 goals a year ability again.


Paul Stastny

-St.Louis Blues- Stastny was viewed by many as the best free agent on the market. The Blues swept in and signed Stastny to 4 yr 28 million dollar contract. Stastny gives the Blues offensive center depth which they lacked last season. Stastny racked up 60 pts last season with the Avalanche. The Blues needed to do something after failing to win a playoff series again.

1. Jason Spezza– Dallas- Spezza demanded a trade out of Ottawa this offseason and Dallas is grateful for it. Spezza joins Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on a potent Stars team. Spezza had 23 goals and 43 assists last season. For his career, Spezza is a 1.00 per game player. The Stars were 11th in goals for with Spezza. That number should increase!

Who’s your Top 3 newcomers to the Central Division and who do you think will have the biggest impact?

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