Here are RealGM's predictions for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As the trade deadline passed, we got a sense of the teams that are trying to fill whatever depth holes that they had. There wasn't a ton of action on deadline day itself, but the weeks preceding it were filled with big trades that have major implications as we progress towards the playoffs.
Buffalo is trying to be the absolute worst team in the league and is trying to solidify the best odds at Connor McDavid while also collecting great assets for the future. Winnipeg is attempting to solidify a playoff spot and add to an already stacked defensive core, while also collecting future assets.
Itís been a disastrous year for the Oilers considering all the moves they made in the offseason to finally get out of the bottom half of the standings and they face a lot of questions as they approach the trade deadline.
With struggles dating back to 2008, it was time for the Islanders to stop waiting and make a move to establish themselves as a legitimate contending team over the offseason and that is exactly what they did.