3. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers seemed to be heading in the right direction after they made the playoffs during the 2016-17 season. However, Edmonton regressed in a major way as they were one of the worst teams in the western conference. Superstar Connor McDavid was pretty much the only bright spot for the Oilers as he led the NHL with 108 points this season. McDavid certainly did everything that he could to make the Oilers a competitive team, but the issue is nobody really stepped up around him. Edmonton’s power play was the worst in the NHL and the team just struggled to score goals in general. That is surprising considering the talented young forwards that they have on their roster. However, the biggest issue for the Oilers was that they just didn’t get good production out of their goaltenders. Cam Talbot was clearly the number 1 goaltender for Edmonton, but he had the worst season of his career as he had a 3.02 GAA in 67 games. Talbot is still the best goaltender that the Oilers have by far, yet he will need to play much better next year if the Oilers want to be playoff contenders. Either way, it was a very disappointing season for a team that was supposed to compete. However, if they can get better production from their goaltenders and some more depth scoring then this could be a good team next year.
2. Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have a good team, but injuries really cost the Blackhawks especially with Corey Crawford missing most of the season. Crawford only played 28 games and he played well, but the issue is that the team doesn’t have much depth at the goaltender position. Goaltending was a revolving door for the Blackhawks as they dealt with plenty of injuries and a lack of production from the position. They even had to call upon accountant Scott Foster as an emergency goalie for one game. Anton Forsberg was basically Chicago’s number 1 goalie while Crawford was out and Forsberg only had a 2.97 GAA. However, goaltending wasn’t the only issue for the Blackhawks this season. Another issue was that Chicago’s star players just didn’t step up to carry the team while Crawford was out. Patrick Kane still had a good year as he led Chicago with 76 points, but that is actually a down year by his standards. However, the players that they have relied upon in recent years like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook just didn’t have good years. Chicago will hope that Corey Crawford can stay healthy next year, but the biggest concern for Chicago was the lack of production that they received from their star players.
1. Arizona Coyotes
Many people didn’t expect much from the Coyotes as they have been an irrelevant franchise in the NHL for several years. However, it is still extremely disappointing that they were one of the worst teams in the NHL once again. In fact, Arizona was the worst team in the NHL this season as they only had 70 points. Clayton Keller was pretty much the lone bright spot for Arizona this season as he led the team with 23 goals and 65 points in his first full NHL season. Keller is only 19 years old as well, so he has an extremely bright future ahead of him. Overall, the Coyotes have a really young roster, but they just don’t have any players besides Keller that have proven that they will be franchise cornerstones for years to come. The Coyotes had a very difficult time scoring goals as Keller was the only player to have 20 goals or more this season. Arizona finished 30th in the NHL with 2.51 goals per game. The goaltending for Arizona wasn’t terrible as Antti Raanta had a very good year with a 2.24 GAA in 47 games this season. However, the backup goaltenders were a complete disaster this season and that is something Arizona must seriously address this offseason. Either way, Arizona is basically the laughingstock of the NHL right now and their young players need to finally step up if this team is ever going to be respectable.