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NHL Pacific Division: 2015-16 Projected Standings

By Andrew Facemyer
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Seventh Place: Arizona Coyotes

There isn’t much I can say about the upcoming season for the Coyotes that can’t be described by the picture above. Even if Academy Award-winning flopper Mike Smith is able to recover from his worst season ever, there is no way this team can fully turn around with him. Their offensive talent is lacking and led by a has-been captain (Shane Doan) who continues to make questionable choices in his on-ice play. While their defense is atrocious, it does contain a singularity. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the only bright spot on this team, and it’s a shame that such talent is going to waste. With the way next season is looking, he may at least have projected first overall pick Auston Matthews on his side soon.

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Sixth Place: Vancouver Canucks

Its funny to think that the departure of level-headed coach John Tortorella could coincide with the slow downfall of a franchise. The Canucks’ short playoff stint last season was highlighted by a line brawl in which they actually thought that former ‘Hawks sharpshooter and playmaker Brandon Bollig would play nice. They’re slowly getting rid of every player who contributed to their success over recent years, and they are being replaced with lackluster talent. They’re slowly becoming a team that “boasts” Eastern Conference style play, and the signing of Brandon Prust is their low point. Look for the Sedin twins to end their careers on a sour note if they choose to stay up north. The future for this team does not look bright.

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