The NHL season is close to having the puck dropped on October 3rd of this year. However, which team is going to come out on top and which teams should you avoid? Well, that is about to be discovered here as we are going to cover the NHL season in a nutshell with our pick to win the Stanley Cup this year.
The Eastern Conference proved it is a powerhouse last season when it brought home the cup. However, the Capitals are a year older and unfortunately, Ovechkin is a going to have some problems this year as he slowed down quite a bit in the playoffs last year. The Bruins and the Lightning are both teams, along with the Penguins, who could be seen as a favorite to win the conference as well, but the Lightning had a powerhouse offense that struggled in the playoffs and ended up getting bounced early on. One upstart team that could surprise some people in the East would be the Blue Jackets. The Sabres, though, have not done much in the offseason to show any marked improvement and they could be competing with the Islanders and the Rangers alike for the basement.
Wow, can anyone believe the season the Golden Knights had last year? This year it should be much of the same with the Golden Knights able to dominate on the year, but the Golden Knights have had some issues as the Western Conference, most noted the Jets and the Predators will be ready for them again. However, look for the Predators and the Jets to have a good run on the year and potentially pick up quite a bit of confidence, but one upstart team that has the talent that should compete if they put the talent together would be the Oilers, who were projected last year to be a cup favorite just fell apart last year and could not get on the ice well enough to play as a team.
Pick – Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights shocked a lot of teams last year and even overcame a lot of the critics about how the expansion club could play. This year, everyone will know what to expect, but the Golden Knights will have had a full year to come together as a team on the ice and they should be able to pick up a nice year and avoid the sophomore slump that is common with a lot of expansion teams.