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NHL Central Division: Projecting 2015-16 Standings

By Andrew Facemyer
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Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Fifth Place: Minnesota Wild

The Wild come back with almost the exact same roster they had in 2015. This is the same roster that lacked the “wow factor.” However, if they give Jason Zucker a chance to shine, he has the speed and the skill to give them that. Unfortunately for him, the Wild have been taking their time breaking him into the NHL.

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Other than that, they are just unentertaining, and we shouldn’t be expecting anything different this season. While the Wild may be boring, there is no arguing one thing. Where they finish next season is completely on Devyn Dubnyk’s shoulders. He has one hell of an act to follow.

Mar 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing

Patrick Eaves

(18) and center

Jason Spezza

(90) and center

Tyler Seguin

(91) and left wing

Jamie Benn

(14) and defenseman

John Klingberg

(3) celebrate Seguin

Fourth Place: Dallas Stars

This was a very talented Dallas Stars team that underperformed in the 2014-15 season. While the Stars were second in the league in goals for, they were also 26th in goals allowed, which lead to their demise. Given that, the Stars still wanted to improve their offense with the likes of our dearly departed, three-time Stanley Cup champion Sharp. I think we can all agree that Sharp alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn could be the scariest offensive line in the league next year. The Stars also have hope for their defense next season. They’ve replaced offensive-minded Trevor Daley with the defensive-minded former ‘Hawk Oduya. Former IceHog Johns should also see some ice time on what was a terrible defense last year. Throw in the emergence of young Swede John Klingberg, and the Stars are starting to look good. They are hoping the addition of Niemi will lighten the heavy workload Lehtonen has endured the past few seasons, and if that move ends up working, they may find themselves fighting for a division title.

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