Three NHL Teams That Will Make A Serious Run For The STANLEY Cup in 2017/18

With NHL training camps underway this week hockey fans can start to make their predictions. Last year the Penguins skated, to their second straight Stanley Cup .A seven game hard fought series over Nashville. The Predators were one , of the most surprising teams in the NHL last season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The start of training camp means every team gets a fresh new start. During the summer teams retooled and got ready for the upcoming season. Three teams to keep an eye on are Edmonton, Dallas, and Boston. Dallas and Edmonton  were very active this past off season.For the Bruins they were fairly quiet. Boston was busy negotiating a long term deal for David Pastrnak. Still no deal has yet to be announced.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dallas was the busiest team this off season. The Stars added veteran goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop. Bishop was traded to LA at the trade deadline,but ended up signing with Dallas this summer. The Stars will have great depth at goaltending ,as Bishop and KariLehtonen will split the time. The biggest move was signing long time NHL coal Ken Hitchcock to a contract. Hitchcock’s experience will greatly help Dallas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With captain Jamie Benn,and Tyler Sguin the Stars should be much better than their 34-37 and 70 point record. Hitchcock has the experience  to mold the Stars into a playoff team. Along with Bishop , Dallas acquired defenseman center Martin Hanzal,and forward Tyler Pitlick.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Edmonton is another team to keep an eye  on. The Oilers rewarded star center Connor Mc David to an eight year 100 million dollar deal. Mc David was was one of the leagues best players last year. The Oilers selected McDavid number one overall in 2015 Mc David and teammate Leon Draisaitl  together make the Oilers a very scary team.                                                                                                                                                                                                   General manager Peter Chairelli has got the Oilers back to respectability in just three years.If the Oilers can play solid defense in front of goalie Cam Talbot they will be a team to challenge the Penguins in the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Boston under first year head coach Bruce Cassidy is another team that will surprise a lot of fans. Currently the Bruins are in negotiations with star forward David Pastrnak. If the Bruins can sign Padtrnak theycould be one of the biggest stories in hockey. The Bruins have a strong goaltender in Tukka Rask. The Bruins also have one of the youngest teams in the league.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After losing in the opening round last year to Ottawa gained valuable playoff experience. The Bruins are led by number one pick Charlie McAvoy. McAvoy joins a host of young talent such as Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril Austin Czarnik, Sean Kuraly, Rob O’Gara, Noel Accari , Frank Vatrano. If Cassidy can mold the veterans, with the young players the Bruins could be serious contenders in 2017/18.

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2 thoughts on “Three NHL Teams That Will Make A Serious Run For The STANLEY Cup in 2017/18

  1. Pittsburgh is still the team to beat, but I think their best challenger in the east is Tampa Bay if they can stay healthy for once. Ottawa showed a lot of spirit in giving Pittsburgh its toughest challenge, but they have to upgrade their attack. I think Boston is too much of an unknown factor to be a serious challenger yet. The same is true for Dallas. Hitchcock back in his old stomping grounds will improve the team, but I don’t think Ben Bishop is good enough to take the Stars to the Final, though they are a playoff contender again. Edmonton is still too much of a newcomer to the playoffs to be a Stanley Cup contender and I think Todd McClelland is a suspect coach. It took Gretzky 5 years to get the Oilers to be contenders so I suspect it will take more for them to get to the top. I like Anaheim to improve and Carlyle is a good coach. Nashville could still repeat and has Chicago righted itself? Their new players let them down badly last year but they still have Quennville as coach and Jonathan Toews is still around.

    • good point i appreciate any comments bobphaneuf the bruins could be the big surprise in thenhl with good leadership and coaching thanks bob

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