Sep 19, 2015

Get primed for the start of training camp

The puck is ready to drop on a new NHL season. Get the complete breakdown on all 30 teams with's team capsules.

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The puck is ready to drop on a new NHL season. Get the complete breakdown on all 30 teams with's team capsules.


Calgary Flames

Ready to meet higher expectations?

Trading for defenceman Dougie Hamilton and signing free agent winger Michael Frolik were two steps in the right direction and adding Sam Bennett, the fourth pick in the 2014 Draft, to young forwards Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau provides reason for optimismMORE

Edmonton Oilers

The McDavid era has begun

The Edmonton Oilers have been perennial also-rans, picking first overall in four of the past six drafts, but winning the draft lottery this year and landing Connor McDavid could finally have them headed in the right direction. MORE

Montreal Canadiens

Offence needed to support Price

Carey Price isn't the only valuable player on the club, but on the whole, Montreal's skaters have to do a much better job controlling play if they are going to have a legitimate opportunity to win another Stanley Cup. MORE

Ottawa Senators

Can Sens repeat last season's performance?

The Senators were a great team down the stretch last season - not only relying on Andrew Hammond, but improving their puck possession. And that improvement is what they'll need to carry over if they are going to be in the playoff mix again. MORE

Toronto Maple Leafs

New beginning with Babcock, Lamoriello

The Maple Leafs started down a rebuilding path last summer after hiring new team president Brendan Shanahan, but that was barely dipping a toe in the water. With Mike Babcock and Lou Lamoriello on board and Phil Kessel gone, this is the real start of a new era. MORE

Vancouver Canucks

Continuing to build on culture change

The Vancouver Canucks were good enough to reach the playoffs last season, finishing with 101 points before getting bounced out of the first round by the Calgary Flames. And it's not likely that they are going to collapse to the point of being a downright bad team this season. MORE

Winnipeg Jets

The future could be now

Nikolaj Ehlers is the most highly-touted Jets prospect and leads a strong crop of young talent in consideration for roster spots. That's exciting, but leaves the Jets with an element of uncertainty heading into the season. MORE

Anaheim Ducks

The time to win is now

With a roster that looks like it is set to win, Anaheim’s goaltending will be ever-important. And while they have lots of talent up front, it’s not necessarily going to be an easy shuffle. MORE

Arizona Coyotes

On the path to Auston Matthews?

The anticipated prize of the 2016 Draft is Auston Matthews, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, and the way this team is currently constructed, the Coyotes will have an excellent chance to be in that lottery. MORE

Boston Bruins

A new look for big, bad Bruins

With so many changes, who knows how the new Bruins will respond? They could get right back to the playoffs or last season’s playoff miss could be the start of a new streak. MORE

Buffalo Sabres

Beginning climb back to relevance

With Jack Eichel and other off-season additions, the Sabres should be significantly better. Not likely good enough to reach the playoffs, but leaps and bounds more competitive than they were last year. MORE

Carolina Hurricanes

Can they shed the underachieving label?

Since there are a lot of familiar faces up front, the Hurricanes will need Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner to have productive seasons in order to have a chance to contend for a playoff spot. MORE

Chicago Blackhawks

Champions not afraid of change

There are still salary cap issues hanging over the Blackhawks, but if those can be managed, this is still a team capable of contending for the Cup. MORE
Colorado Avalanche

Possession key to uphill climb

As it looks right now, Colorado might need another spectacular season from Semyon Varlamov if they are going to be a playoff team once again. MORE

Columbus Blue Jackets

A healthy team full of promise

A healthy lineup and stable goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky could have the Blue Jackets right back in postseason contention. MORE

Dallas Stars

Former Hawks helping road to improvement

The Dallas Stars snapped a five-year playoff drought in 2014 and should have continued their ascent last season, but it didn’t happen. Enter a handful of former Blackhawks. MORE

Detroit Red Wings

New coach, same winning approach

The Detroit Red Wings extended their streak of reaching the playoffs to 24 straight seasons, but Mike Babcock departed to Toronto. Enter Jeff Blashill.  MORE

Florida Panthers

Content with core for postseason chase

It’s not easy to build a contender on a budget and, as it stands right now, the Panthers are probably going to need some favourable breaks in order to make the playoffs.  MORE

Los Angeles Kings

Seeking return to glory with roster changes

The Kings have enough talent on the roster to not only return to the playoffs, but be a Cup contender once again. But after last season, that can’t simply be assumed. MORE

Minnesota Wild

Need support for Dubnyk to improve

It looks like the Wild are good enough to get to the playoffs, but will need some improvement to take it to the next level. MORE
Nashville Predators

Ready to bring more offence

A more potent offence, a strong defence and a healthy Rinne should be enough to send the Predators to the postseason again, but the Central Division is really competitive, so it could be a battle. MORE

New Jersey Devils

Shero's show as team eyes playoff return

It's a rebuilding process for the Devils and with the forwards in particular, it’s going to take some time to get appropriate talent in place. MORE

New York Islanders

Closer to being contenders?

If the goaltending does improve, the rest of the roster is young enough that there should be some internal improvement and that might mean a second straight trip to the playoffs. MORE
New York Rangers

Their championship is now

The Rangers need their young forwards to improve and handle bigger roles if the Rangers are going to take this all the way. MORE

Philadelphia Flyers

Going 'back to school' with Hakstol

After missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, the Flyers surprised many by hiring Dave Hakstol as head coach. MORE

Pittsburgh Penguins

Built to win now with loaded offence

Pittsburgh may need to upgrade on defence if they are going to be serious about a Stanley Cup run, but the talent they have in place does set them up to think seriously about that possibility. MORE

San Jose Sharks

Building on last year's 'transition' season

If Martin Jones is up to the task of handling a starter’s workload in goal, the Sharks could be right back in the playoff picture. MORE

St. Louis Blues

Can they get over the postseason hump?

Late last season and into the playoffs, the Blues turned to Jake Allen as their starter ahead of Brian Elliott and it figures to be Allen’s job going forward. MORE

Tampa Bay Lightning

Course is clear: two more playoff wins

There’s a reason that the Lightning didn’t make dramatic changes to their roster, and that is because they were close to winning it all with this group last season. Maybe this year, they finish the job. MORE

Washington Capitals

Ready to challenge for the Cup

Bringing in playoff performer Justin Williams can’t hurt a franchise that has historically found ways to underachieve in the playoffs. MORE