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NHL Pacific Division: 2015-16 Projected Standings

By Andrew Facemyer
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First Place: Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks will once again the best team in the Pacific Division in 2015-16. They were leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of their division last season, and that hasn’t changed yet. Led by notorious stick thief Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews obsesser Ryan Kesler and a very tall Ryan Getzlaf, their offense should be fine. The loss of Matt Beleskey and Kyle Palmieri should be evened out with Carl Hagelin and Mike Santorelli. Their defense may be lacking, however. They lost long-time Duck Francois Beauchemin and replaced him with Kevin Bieksa, which is a signing only Bruce Boudreau or Ken Hitchcock could be excited for. Hampus Lindholm is going to have to have the season we all thought he’d have last year if the Ducks D is to stay consistent.

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Well, there you have it. This should be an interesting season in the Pacific Division. Unfortunately for the teams in the Pacific, there will only be three playoff positions reserved for them due to the talent in the Central. While there seems to be a clear-cut favorite, there could potentially be four teams with a shot at grabbing one of those last 2 spots. Don’t be shocked to see a similar end to this season as last year where it came down to the final week.

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