NHL Players Facing Drastically Raised Expectations in 2015-16 Season

September 5th, 2015 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »

Every NHL player enters a new season hoping to improve upon their previous performance. For some, various circumstances can lead to increased expectations for the coming season.

Several players, such as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, face pressure to build upon their strong NHL debuts. Some, like St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko (pictured above), must adjust to the hype generated by their breakout performances. Others, including Calgary Flames blueliner Dougie Hamilton, must meet the challenge of adapting to a new team following an offseason trade.

Here's a look at several NHL players facing drastically raised expectations in 2015-16. We'll examine the previous assessment of their abilities, review last season's performance and analyze the challenges they'll face in the coming season.

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