Why Your NHL Team Won’t Win the 2016-17 Stanley Cup

November 4th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

There are no perfect NHL teams. The salary cap, if nothing else, would guarantee that; each general manager has limited resources and faces intense competition as he attempts to build a Stanley Cup-capable squad.

This piece is dedicated to the problems yet to be solved by those GMs. It’s a safe bet that any manager worth his paycheck is constantly assessing his team, looking for ways to improve it and coax a few more goals and points in the standings out of his roster with the ultimate goal of winning a championship.

The size and quantity of the problems faced by each team varies greatly, but we’ve identified at least one issue for each NHL team in the early season.


Anaheim Ducks: Lack of forward depth

Maybe the most telling stat is scoring chances. The Ducks’ usual fourth line is composed of Ryan Getzlaf (presently injured), Corey Perry and Nick Ritchie. When that trio is on the ice at five-on-five, Anaheim has a 22-11 edge in scoring chances (67 percent, or plus-11). When any other trio of forwards is on t ...

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