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10 NHL Predictions For 2015-16 Season

By Matt Barbato
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Oct 2, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward

Chris Terry

(25) is congratulated by teammates forward

Eric Staal

(12) defensemen

John-Michael Liles

(26) and forward

Kris Versteeg

(32) after his 3rd period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

5. The Carolina Hurricanes finish as the worst team in the NHL 

The teams that picked ahead of Carolina in last year’s draft all improved this offseason. The Oilers and Sabres both got two transcendent players. Arizona has a rich stock of youngsters in its farm system. Mike Babcock is at the helm in Toronto and the Maple Leafs have torn down a lot of the old facade.

Then there’s Carolina. The only real offseason buzz about the Canes has been about relocation and that is never a good sign for an upcoming season.

This feels like the season the Hurricanes stage a fire sale, trading every good player on their roster. The Hurricanes could have done this in an attempt to win the McDavid-Eichel sweepstakes, but instead chose to remain just good enough to draft outside the top-2. One or both Staals will be traded and perhaps even Cam Ward is shipped off to a contender. The Canes will finish as the worst team in the league and be the favorite to land Auston Matthews in the upcoming draft.

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