30 teams, 30 questions

NHL training camps are almost upon us.

Here are 30 questions to ponder as the players return to the ice:

Anaheim

Can veterans Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne provide enough scoring Finnish to give the Ducks’ top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry room to move?

Atlanta

Ilya Kovalchuk … should he stay or should he go?

Boston

Can the Bruins come close to winning 53 games again?

Buffalo

Can Tim Connolly stay healthy enough to play 70-plus games?

Calgary

Will the Flames’ third defense pairing of Mark Giordano and Adam Pardy ever see the ice?

Carolina

Is Cam Ward a top-five NHL goaltender?

Chicago

How will Cristobal Huet fare as the Hawks’ one and only No. 1 goalie?

Colorado

Whatever has happened to the once-mighty Avs?

Columbus

Will Ken Hitchcock’s Blue Jackets be one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL this season?

Dallas

Why isn’t anyone talking about Fabian Brunnstrom anymore?

Detroit

Is this the last season for Norris knight Nicklas Lidstrom?

Edmonton

Can coach Pat Quinn revive the Oil?

Florida

Will the perennial non-playoff Panthers finally sneak back into the postseason?

Los Angeles

How good are all the Kings’ kids?

Minnesota

Is this the year Niklas Backstrom finally wins the Vezina — and the Hart?

Montreal

Who are all these new guys, anyway?

Nashville

How come there aren’t any new guys, anyway?

New Jersey

What is the secret to the Devils’ perpetual success?

Islanders

Are the offseason signings of Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron an admission that Rick DiPietro is forever hip-hobbled?

Rangers

What does Sean Avery have in store this time around?

Ottawa

The obvious question: Where will potential 50-goal man Dany Heatley end up?

Philadelphia

Can the Flyers end their 35-year Stanley Cup drought?

Phoenix

Surely, it wasn’t this bad in Winnipeg, was it?

Pittsburgh

Can Crosby and Malkin do it all over again?

St. Louis

Will the Blues’ youth boom or bust?

San Jose

Is there a Stanley Cup surprise in store — or just more playoff disappointment?

Tampa Bay

Is Victor Hedman already the Bolts’ best defenseman?

Toronto

Why haven’t the Leafs flipped one — or two — of their nine NHL defensemen for a forward who can score?

Vancouver

Can Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows build on breakout years?

Washington

Is it Alex Ovechkin’s turn to smile in June?

Sam McCaig is The Hockey News’ senior copy editor and a contributor to THN.com. His blog appears every weekend and his column, From The Point, appears regularly.

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