Fantasy Hockey Preview Part 3
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Toronto Maple Leafs
The progression of this team towards the next stage of its reconstruction, let’s face it, will pass above all by the experience stored by its many young players with great potential. The prospect of this team going beyond their 251 goals (5th place in the NHL in 2016-2017) is well-conceivable, considering what Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Jake Gardiner and Morgan Reilly can accomplish. Matthews can also flirt with the 50-goal mark after scoring 40 on his rookie season at just 19 years old.
The good news? The Vancouver Canucks have finally admitted it’s a rebuild. The bad news? It’s a rebuild, and it won’t happen fast. The biggest issue Vancouver has is simple: The Sedin brothers aren’t supposed to be first-line players anymore. They are, because the Canucks drafted so poorly for so long. And that’s why the Canucks are rebuilding.
Vegas Golden Knights
The vast majority of NHL expansion teams finishes at the bottom of the rankings during their inaugural season. Will it be the Golden Knights in 2017? It’s hard to say, but they have managed to set up a defensive unit that should hold its own, with Shea Theodore, Jason Garrison, Brayden McNabb, Nate Schmidt and Clayton Stoner along with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Capital are still led by Alex Ovechkin, who has seen his production decline in the last three years. After seasons of 53 and 50 goals, the captain of the Caps scored only 33 goals last year. Washington is betting on the return of T.J. Oshie in order to retain its offensive strike force. The team’s fourth scorer last season with 56 points signed an eight-year contract and $ 46 million to stay in Washington. They have also ensured the services of their centerman Evgeny Kuznetsov for a very long time. The latter signed an eight-year contract extension worth $ 62.4 million. He recorded 59 points in 82 games last year.
The Winnipeg Jets are one of two Canadian teams to have missed the playoffs last season. If they want to return to spring hockey for the first time since the 2014-2015 season, the Jets must hope that the outbreak of Mark Scheifele was not only ephemeral. Scheifele had a record season of 32 goals and 50 assists for a total of 82 points last year. Teammate Nikolaj Ehlers had an excellent second NHL season. After a 38-point production in 72 games in his rookie year, Ehlers concluded the final season with 64 points in 82 games.