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Yearbook 2017-18

Yearbook 2017-18

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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AGING LIKE FINE WINE

TRAILING BY ONE GOAL, the San Jose Sharks were less than four minutes from elimination when the puck arrived on Joe Pavelski’s stick just outside the Edmonton Oilers crease. A year ago, when he led the Sharks all the way to Stanley Cup final, his shot would have gone in. Pavelski’s 14 goals, after all, were tops in the 2016 playoffs. This year, however, his backhand shot pinged off the crossbar, then nicked the far post before being cleared. The Sharks eventually lost 3-1, dropping their first-round series in six games. It was a painful moment for Pavelski, who has quietly become one of the NHL’s most consistent goal scorers. He lacks the pedigree of the only two players who have scored more than his 192 goals over the past six seasons…

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Edmonton OILERS

PREDICTION | 2nd in Pacific STANLEY CUP ODDS | 10/1 AFTER A DECADE of misery, failure and lottery picks, the Oilers have emerged – at last – as a Stanley Cup contender. The painful 10-year rebuild finally showed significant progress, with Edmonton making the playoffs for the first time since 2006, finishing the season with 103 points and advancing to the second round. At the heart of the resurrection, of course, is Connor McDavid, who scored 100 points in his sophomore season, capturing the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award. But a strong supporting cast also made a huge impact. Leon Draisaitl established himself as elite, Cam Talbot emerged as a top-tier workhorse goalie, Milan Lucic and Patrick Maroon combined for 50 goals and 463 pounds of much-needed muscle…

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Detroit RED WINGS

PREDICTION | 8th in Atlantic STANLEY CUP ODDS | 70/1 AS THEY CLOSED Joe Louis Arena last season, the New Jersey Devils seemed an odd choice for the Red Wings’ farewell opponent, but in retrospect, perhaps it was the perfect metaphor of what lies ahead for Detroit. Like the Devils, the Wings were once a powerhouse envied by all for their Stanley Cup success. But the Devils entered a downward spiral and haven’t made the playoffs since 2012, a fate that could be in store for the Wings. Missing the post-season in 2016-17 for the first time since 1989-90, Detroit might have to get used to being outsiders for the immediate future. Entering the state-of-theart Little Caesars Arena, the Wings are a team in a state of decay. With so many holes…

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Pittsburgh PENGUINS

PREDICTION | 1st in Metro STANLEY CUP ODDS | 8/1 IT ONLY TOOKuntil parade day for someone official – coach Mike Sullivan certainly qualifies – to utter the word “three-peat.” After becoming the only team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in the salary cap era and the first since the Detroit in 1997 and ’98, the Penguins were almost immediately thinking about winning it again in 2018. The 2017 title was quite a feat, considering the grind the players went through in the previous 12 months (including the World Cup of Hockey for some) and the injuries to key players. Most significantly, the Penguins went all four playoff rounds without top D-man Kris Letang because of neck disc surgery. Pittsburgh had a few sizable advantages – a team that was almost completely intact…