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3 Most disappointing teams of the 2017-18 NHL season

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.

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3 NHL Teams on the Rise heading into the offseason

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews changed the fortunes for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season as he turned Toronto from one of the worst teams in the league into a playoff team. Matthews is remarkably only 19 years old and I would be shocked if he isn’t an NHL MVP very soon. Mitch Marner also made an incredible impact for the Maple Leafs as a rookie in 2016 as he had 42 assists and he is still only 20 years old. There is no doubting that the Maple Leafs have a very capable offense for many years to come. However, for this team to become a Stanley Cup contender then they will definitely need to find a better starting goaltender. Frederik Andersen is a very good backup goalie, but the Maple Leafs need to somehow acquire a true number 1 contender in order to continue to get better. Toronto could also improve their depth at defense, but if they can find a way to find a better goaltender then this team could be tough to beat. It is amazing how good this team has become after being one of the worst teams in the NHL just a couple of years ago.

2. Edmonton Oilers

It has been awhile since Edmonton was even close to being a contender, but last year the Oilers finally made it back to the playoffs. Connor McDavid has led the Oilers resurgence as he had a remarkable 100 points last season in order to win the Hart trophy as the NHL MVP. The best part for the Oilers is that McDavid is only 20 years old and the Oilers also have another really good center Leon Draisaitl who had 77 points for Edmonton last season despite being only 21 years old. Don’t forget about Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins either as both of those players are tremendous offensive players as well. Edmonton is stacked with young talent especially on offense and that is what will carry this team probably to a championship sometime soon. Goaltender Cam Talbot had a very good year for the Oilers as well as he had a 2.39 GAA in 73 games. However, the Oilers need to find a good backup goaltender this offseason in order to take a lot of pressure off of Talbot. Also, the Oilers need to find some much more quality defenseman this offseason and if they can do so then this team will be even better next season and for many years to come.

3. Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets came close to being a playoff team last season after having a very good rookie season from 19-year old right winger Patrik Laine who had 64 points in 2016. I expect Laine to get even better next season and add him to Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Bryan Little and suddenly the Jets have a very potent offense for the future. Winnipeg also has two good defenseman with Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba. However, for the Jets to continue to improve then they will need to add some more depth at the defense position this offseason. The thing that is really holding Winnipeg back from being a playoff team is their goaltending. Connor Hellebuyck is a decent backup goalie, but he is certainly not a good number 1 goaltender as he had a terrible 2.89 GAA last season for the Jets. Winnipeg needs to find a new number 1 goalie somehow and if they can upgrade at that position then there is no doubt that this team could make the playoffs easily.

auston matthews