November 29, 2015

2015-2016: A Look to Hockey’s Future

Gideon Fox, '19

This year in hockey should be a good one. It seems as if the Chicago Blackhawks’ reign of victory may be ending due to Patrick Kane’s legal case and they also lost Andrew Sharp and Johnny Oduya to the Dallas Stars in the offseason. On the other hand, Chicago has had a lot of success in the past six season, but that can’t last for much longer because they need to add to a defense which has Duncan Keith, which they don’t plan on doing.
A team to look out for is the New Jersey Devils. They have a few promising rookies as well as newly-signed Kyle Palmieri.The St. Louis Blues look great as well, even though they lost T.J. Oshie during this past offseason. Their one problem is that they have fared well in the regular season, but have not managed to fare as well in the playoffs.
The most underrated team this year, according to many, is the aforementioned Dallas Stars. Although they were a disappointment last year, they could come back and do some damage in the West. New acquisitions, such as Sharp and Oduya, from Chicago, will only strengthen the defense and their forwards, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, two very notable names in the National Hockey League, have the potential to add to the carnage. The Blackhawks may not be Stanley Cup material, but they could go far.
Now on to the Stanley Cup predictions. While the Anaheim Ducks have been dominant, with division titles the past three years, they haven’t been able to transfer their quality play to the playoffs. This year they will try to change that. They may have lost Kyle Palmieri, but the juggernauts from Cali still have offensive stars in Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Carl Hagelin. Between the pipes, the Ducks have two top-notch goalies, Josh Gibson and Frederik Andersen.
Many people are predicting the Stanley Cup Finals to feature the Ducks against the New York Islanders, with Anaheim winning in seven games. The Islanders have a gaggle of talent across the ice, with players like John Tavares, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey on offense and Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic and Nick Leddy on defense.
The Islanders have a great team, but it’s the Ducks’ year and it’s about time, too, for them to win for the first time in nine years.
No matter what happens in the playoffs, this year should be a pretty good one in the hockey world. It’s a great time to root for the men on the ice.
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