1. Freddy's HC
After a first place finish in the fall/winter regular season, Freddy's HC would be without superstar scorer Vinny Bird "is the Word" for the playoffs, and they fell to the underdog Pterodactyls as a result. Bird should be back on the ice in a matter of weeks and with Joe Williamson rejoining the roster as well for this season, Freddy's HC will be out for revenge this spring.
The Muskrats suffered a championship hangover in the fall/winter, but they were busy this offseason. Their most notable addition is offensive dynamo Mike Criscitello, who with his brother Anthony will terrorize opposing defenses, but they have also added great depth with the pick-ups of rookie David Dassinger, former Rubber Duckie Gregg Flakker, and Rob Hackett formerly of The Black Team. The Muskrats expect to win their second championship this spring.
The Pterodactyls struggled through the fall/winter until late in the season when they began to focus more on defense than goal-scoring and ended up winning the championship. They expect to contend for another one this season as AJ Zackowski and Dylan Colaneri rejoin the team after taking the fall/winter off, and former Team X and Laffy Taffy two-way defenseman Sean Rappleyea joins his brother Brian on the Pterodactyls for the spring. As long as Greg Galligano doesn't quit the team out of disagreement with being ranked third, the Pterodactyls should be in good shape.
The Phantoms expect to be more of a contender than they were last season as Paul Doran is back in game shape after an injury kept him out for the beginning of the fall/winter season, and they have added James Whalen while Mike Finnen returns to the roster. The Phantoms are continuing the league-wide trend of improving during the offseason.
The Stingrays did not make many changes from last season's roster, but Frank Inzano returns to the lineup and they have added some much needed scoring depth as former Pterodactyl Eddie Boscaino joins the roster to play alongside his brother Mike. This may be all the Stingrays needed to do though, as they finished tied for first in the fall/winter regular season, and may have won the championship if Kyle Daloisio didn't decide to have the worst game of his PTAHL career in the quarterfinals.
The Vudoos were another team that had a quiet offseason. They made a few additions such as Dan Nacinovich and JR Wappel, and Hugues Rivard returns after an injury kept him out of most of last season, but they did not make as big a splash as other teams. Still, with guys like Dan Poreda and Wes "Side" Dorey, the Vudoos will be a tough team to beat.
7. Ice Men
It will be tough for the Ice Men to recover from losing Ilya Yavtuhovich, but they have added Pete Iovanella, Mike Torstrup, and goaltender Garrett Lapak. They may need Jon Bokser to put forth a dominant performance if they are to have a successful spring season.
1. Green Brook Berets
The rich get richer as the defending champion Green Brook Berets have signed restricted free agent Matt Skjeie to an offer sheet from the Archers. As long as they can fit all 16 of their skaters on the bench, the Berets appear poised for another first place season.
2. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires have lost grinder Jesse Warcup, but they will still be one of the South Division's top teams. Everyone else from their fall/winter runner-up roster returns for the spring.
The Biohazards lost a good chunk of their roster this offseason, but have replaced it with rookies Joe Whalen, Dave Hutchins, Chris Ypsilantis, David Finkelstein, and John Lattanzio. Ypsilantis is expected to bolster the Biohazards' offense while Lattanzio brings a reputation of versatility and a great deal of skill that could propel the Biohazards toward the top of the standings.
The Archers underwent a bit of an overhaul in the offseason. Goaltender Mike Davison will be taking the season off and is being replaced by rookie Jon Trader. They have lost star players Matt Skjeie and Dan Poreda, but added Kevin Inglis, Kyle Fischbach, Frank Ciufo, Jeff Michaels, and Steve Rosamilia. The key for the Archers this season will be developing team chemistry quickly with many new faces, and ensuring that their depth, which is their new strength, can outweigh the production that Skjeie and Poreda provided in the past.
The Flames have also added a handful of new names to their roster. Goaltender Vinny D'Orio will take his place between the pipes while Ned Allan, Joe Fallacaro, Bob Cresci, and John Rinon join the team for the spring.
The Pterodactyls expect to be much more competitive than they were last season with the additions of stalwart defenseman Steve Creenan and highly-touted rookie Justin Waldron. Many players who did not attend games on a consistent basis have been left off the roster, so the Pterodactyls expect to have a more consistent turnout this season.
The Whalers have added rookies John Rec and John Lama, as well as goaltender Adam Socci, but they will have to hope that their rookies can re-create the production of Michael Hauske, who is no longer on the roster.