Best and Worst Case Scenarios for Every NHL Team in 2016-17

August 2nd, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
Every team wants to believe it has a shot at the Stanley Cup when a new season begins. While that's technically true, it's not a realistic goal for many. 

True best and worst-case scenarios will very depending on what stage of growth a franchise is at. There are teams considered top Stanley Cup contenders who have enjoyed recent success and will be in the hunt for a championship again. Others will be looking to climb out of the middle of the pack and get back into the playoff picture. Some will make the leap and win a round. 

And yes, there will be those who make no progress at all or regress into the standings cellar. 

The summer offseason moves have slowed with all 30 teams making their major moves and looking toward training camp. They may yet improve their hopes for the coming season between now and puck drop, but we'll take this opportunity to look at best and worst outcomes for next year. 

Taking into account recent performances, upgrades and internal growth potential, we'll take a stab at where each team will land—with the knowledge the final answer could be somewhere in the middle of the range. < ...

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