NHL: Which Teams Have Bright Futures Despite Missing Playoffs?
There are many NHL teams preparing for the 2019-2020 season while some are still competing for a possible Stanley Cup title. With that being said, which teams have a bright future ahead of them even though they missed the playoffs this season?
The first team that comes to mind is the Philadelphia Flyers. Alain Vigneault is the new head coach for this team. They have talent on this roster. Philadelphia now has a legitimate goalie for the future in Carter Hart. They will need to make changes personnel-wise in the offseason.
The second team that comes to mind is the Florida Panthers. With Joel Quenneville being hired, it is clear that Florida has a plan to be a championship contending team in the near future. The Panthers will most likely make a ton of moves in the offseason to get him the personnel he wants.
New Jersey Devils
The third team that comes to mind is the New Jersey Devils. They will have the number one pick once again in the 2019 NHL Draft and New Jersey will most likely select centerman Jack Hughes with it. Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier are some of the cornerstone pieces on this team and they have more youth on the way. It seems like MacKenzie Blackwood will be the answer long-term between the pipes and he is only 22 years old.
The fourth team that comes to mind is the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona continues to get better and better with Rick Tocchet at the helm. I think he is going to do big things with them in his third season as head coach. I think the Coyotes will make some moves this offseason and it is quite possible they acquire Phil Kessel from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The fifth team that comes to mind is the Vancouver Canucks. They haven’t reached the playoffs since the 2014-2015 season. Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser are both very young and they will be the top two players for this franchise for a long time. Vancouver will enter its third season with Travis Greene behind the bench. The Canucks still have some promising players waiting to make a name for themselves, including defenseman Quinn Hughes (brother of Jack Hughes). Jacob Markstrom will be the starting goalie next season most likely and he is 29 years old. In the long run, 23-year-old Thatcher Demko might be the starter.
Are there any other NHL teams that you can think of with bright futures? Leave a comment below.
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