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2016/17 NHL SEASON-EXPECTATIONS!

The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?

Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?

Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?

Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?

Surprise!!

The Vancouver Canucks made a headscratcher of a trade with the Florida Panthers. The Canucks sent a 2016 second and fourth round pick, and forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Florida’s 2016 fifth round pick as well as defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks have essentially traded another (previously traded Shinkaruk to the Flames) prospect of the future for a piece that leaves fans wondering why Benning is still general manager of the team. But is the trade that bad?

In trading Jared McCann, the Canucks lose a left-winger, who scored nine goals and nine assists in 69 games. McCann didn’t get a reasonable amount of ice-time with the Canucks, and will almost surely see a more prominent role on the second line with the Panthers.

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Gambling Protection

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the first expansion team that will be granted an expansion draft. Per Lighthouse Hockey and Darren Dreger of TSN, the basic outline before the expansion draft will be as follows:

  • Teams can protect either 3 defensemen, 7 forwards and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie, per Darren Dreger.
  • However: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team. (So if there’s only one team, you only lose one player).
  • Prospects and “first- and second-year pros” are exempt and don’t need to be protected.

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the only team that will be granted an expansion draft. If so Which players will be protected by each Canadian NHL team?

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Tackling Regression

The Vancouver Canucks have surprised a number of hockey fans in the past few days with their questionable transactions. The biggest splash began Tuesday when the Canucks traded 24th overall pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft Hunter Shinkaruk to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Markus Granlund. The Canucks pushed forward Wednesday afternoon, letting teams know which players were available to teams around the league, and finished off the day by acquiring defenceman Philip Larsen from the Edmonton Oilers.
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Hitting the Delete Button

Going into the 2015-16 season, the league increased the salary cap by $2.4M from $69M 2014-15. The salary cap could increase by a maximum of $3.1M for the 2016-17 season, but with the free-falling dollar, the NHL will not likely rise by the max of $3.1M from the cap of $71.4 in s2015-16.

The need for more salary cap space has never been higher (except for the Winnipeg Jets who have $25M of space). Ten of the stronger NHL teams are restricted to less than three million dollars of cap space. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning likely want to improve their roster for a deep playoff run, but are restricted by a lack of cap space.

Each team in the NHL has at least one bad contract, in assessing performance for money. Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay Lightning is effective, but overpaid at $5.8M. Brandon Dubinsky is paid to $5.85M be a second/third line center.

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Step Back to Reality

New York Islanders’ right-handed defenceman is seeking a trade, not because Hamonic doesn’t like Brooklyn or the Islanders organization. Hamonic has private family concerns that he wants to address by being closer to home. Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has addressed that he wants Travis Hamonic in return, essentially a right-handed defenceman in return. Which teams would trade for Hamonic?

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Another One?

The use of the coach’s challenge option feels exhaustively long to fans, players, and people involved with the game of hockey. The NHL might be looking to correct human error with the use of a coach’s challenge for video review, but some reviewed video might need some closer looks. Already a month into the season with new rules, some kinks will have to be worked out (as expected).

Saturday night, Alexander Ovechkin’s game-tying goal was waived off because Justin Williams had interfered with Leafs’ goaltender James Reimer. The reasoning outlined by the NHL Situation Room revealed that “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3, and 69.4. Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Washington Capitals.”

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StreakBusters!

Five goals against in your first loss. The Canucks are now  streakbusters. Vancouver finally won their first home game of 2015-16 with a 5-1 win against the unbeaten, top team in the NHL. That’s how to end a nine-game winning streak Montreal.

Heading into the game, the matchup on paper looked as though it would be showcasing two stellar goaltenders: Ryan Miller for the Canucks and Carey Price for the Canadiens. Ryan Miller stole the show however, stopping 25 of 26 shots while Price allowed rubber into the net five times. Carey surely had an off night, one of the only times that the Price was not right.

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Twin Support

Henk, Dan, Chris, and Ryan: four players that will consistently make an impact for the Vancouver Canucks throughout the 2015-16 season. After a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season in which they lost in six games to the Calgary Flames, the Canucks are looking stronger with a younger core carried by their veteran leadership.

The Canucks had a surprising summer, making a splash with several trades and a couple free agent signings.

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