Five NHL Teams That Will Improve in 2015-2016
Every year, there are teams that improve from season to season in the NHL. Sometimes the improvements are small, but the improvement can lead to the playoffs as well. Here are five teams set to improve this NHL season.
Edmonton brought in Connor McDavid with the number one pick in the NHL Draft, who is the most promising prospect in recent hockey history. They also brought in Todd McLellan to coach, who has had previous success in San Jose with the Sharks. It will take them some time to reach the postseason again, but they won’t be as bad as they were last season, which is a great start.
Turmoil destroyed Boston last season, with controversy over player management leading to sweeping changes in their front office. With that all behind them, the Bruins come back with a new General Manager in Don Sweeney, and a strong enough core to get back into the playoffs, which they missed by less than five points last year.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose was known for choking in the playoffs before last year, when they failed to qualify in a tough Western Conference. The message of the aforementioned McLellan seemed to get stale, so he has been replaced by Pete DeBoer, who was responsible for taking the New Jersey Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. On the ice, goaltending prospect Martin Jones has a great reputation, and should help the Sharks back into the playoffs.
Los Angeles Kings
Similar to the Bruins, Los Angeles had to deal with several incidents off the ice that dragged the team down throughout the season, including legal issues surrounding Slava Voynov and Jaret Stoll. Those players are gone now, and Boston’s Milan Lucic has joined the Kings, bringing Stanley Cup experience with him.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus lost over 500 combined games due to injury last season, after making their presence known in the playoffs the season prior. That’s an abnormally high number of games missed, and won’t happen again this year. Look for the Blue Jackets to continue to grow this coming season.
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