Who is the best offensive team in the West?
By: The NHL Nosebleed Team
Peter Bolt - Winnipeg Jets
The Jet’s offense is deadly. Lead by Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Mark Scheifele Winnipeg netted 277 goals last year tied for 2nd in the league in goals for. Last season, the Jets had five players with 20+ goals and were always able to turn it up when needed. The most impressive thing to me about the Jet’s offense is their speed, especially when you consider how big their top offensive players are. Laine, Wheeler, and Byfuglien are all 6’ 5”, Scheifele is 6’ 3”, Connor is 6’ 1”, and Ehlers is 6’ 0” yet they are faster than 90% of
teams in the league. I can’t wait to see how many goals they put up this year.
Chris Yackel - Winnipeg Jets
There is no deeper team in hockey than the Winnipeg Jets in my opinion. The Jets can role four lines and dominant games. They showed it last year, they will again this year. The list of offensive threats are endless, as the Jets have Mark Scheifele who is amongst the best centers in the game (perhaps the most underrated as well). The Jets also have Blake Wheeler who had the best season of his career with 91 points. Add on Patrick Laine who might crack 50 goals this year after a team leading 43, Kyle Connor who had 31 goals as a rookie last season and Nikolaj Ehlers the Jets top 6 is loaded. The Jets also have great secondary players like Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault the Jets can score from top to bottom. There D can as well, with guys like Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers. The Jets can score at will and will again this season.
Jack Fenty - San Jose Sharks
Last season the Sharks put up 252 goals during the regular season, only 25 goals behind the goal leader in the West, the Winnipeg Jets. The reason I chose the Sharks over the Jets or any other team is because of the new acquisition, Erik Karlsson. The Sharks will have both Brent Burns and Karlsson on the same team...two of the top two offensive defenseman in the league. With both of these studs being on the same team it also means they both will be on now the best power play in the NHL. I’m truly not sure how any team is going to be able to defend against those guys. But, it’s not like these are the only great offensive players on this team they also have Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton (if healthy), and Joe Pavelski. Couture put up 61 points last year, Kane put up 54 points, and Pavelski had 66 points. With all this being said, I don’t believe the Sharks forwards are better than the Jets. The biggest factor for me picking the Sharks are those top two dmen, Karlsson and Burns are going to light the league up.
Colin Noonan - Winnipeg Jets
I’d have liked to give an original answer but the Jets are really the only option. Between superstars like Laine, Scheifele, and Wheeler, young guns Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers, as well as talented supporting players like Bryan Little, the Jets are gonna put the puck in the net for fun. Big Buff, Trouba, and Tyler Myers also boast solid offensive capabilities to go along with their defensive prowess. Visiting goalies are going to be sunburned from the red light behind them being on so often at the MTS Center.
Kevin Ebert - Nashville Predators
Two years off their first ever Stanley Cup appearance, the Predators still have one of the youngest and deepest teams in the NHL. This past year they fluttered in the playoffs but still came out on top with the Presidents’ Trophy through the season. I expect their young forwards like Fiala, Arvidsson, Tolvanen and Forsberg to only get better and score more often. They also kept their defense intact this past season, re-signing Ryan Ellis. Their defense is also very dominant offensively, with sniper PK Subban and Roman Josi both breaking 50 points this past season. Expect another strong offensive season from the boys in yellow.
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