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Yearbook 2018-19

Yearbook 2018-19

It's THN's annual Yearbook! 188 pages packed with previews, features, stats and everything else you need to know for the 2018-19 season. We've got stories on Doughty, Giroux, Fleury, Hellebuyck and many more; our Top 50 players list; and, of course, four-page previews for each of the 31 NHL teams, including positional analysis, predictions, depth charts, stats and future watch.

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OTTAWA SENATORS

WILL ERIK KARLSSON stay, or will he go? That was the off-season question facing the Senators, as they look to rebound from a nightmarish season that saw them plunge to 30th. The club was ready to deal their captain in the days surrounding free agency, but Karlsson was still a Senator weeks into the summer, after reportedly turning down an eight-year, $80-million contract extension. GM Pierre Dorion was reticent to call this a rebuild, but a Karlsson swap makes it difficult to avoid the label. The status quo couldn’t remain. Dorion called the dressing room “broken,” after an ugly scandal emerged that saw Karlsson’s wife, Melinda, accuse now-exiled left winger Mike Hoffman’s fiancee, Monika Caryk, of cyber-bullying and harassment – a charge she has vehemently denied. It was a memorable year for the…

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BOSTON BRUINS

IN SOME WAYS, the Bruins arrived ahead of schedule in 2017-18. In just his third season overseeing the development of a younger, more up-tempo team (and Bruce Cassidy’s first full season as coach), GM Don Sweeney felt confident enough to sacrifice future assets at the trade deadline, most notably renting Rick Nash for a swing at the Stanley Cup. That didn’t pan out, but the B’s still established enough credibility to score invitations to make presentations to Cup-hungry free agents John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk. Unfortunately, those didn’t work out, either, so the Bruins have work ahead if they want to maintain their new status – a task made even more challenging by the off-season upgrades of Atlantic Division rivals Toronto and Tampa Bay. Whether even more youth is served, or…

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SAN JOSE SHARKS

SAY WHAT YOU will about the Sharks and their inability to hoist the Stanley Cup, but please, think twice before saying their window is closing. Because, if nothing else, GM Doug Wilson has shown the ability to replenish talent on the fly. Twelve months ago it was easy to envision bad times ahead. The Sharks were bounced in the first round of the 2017 playoffs by the upstart Edmonton Oilers. They had no obvious replacement for the departed Patrick Marleau. Yet they finished with 100 points in 2017-18 and swept Anaheim before running into expansion buzzsaw Vegas. No, Wilson didn’t land high-profile UFA John Tavares, after clearing cap room to do so and reportedly offering $13 million per season. But with Evander Kane in place as a sniper with snarl and their…

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WINNIPEG JETS

THE COMING CAMPAIGN brings with it something new to Winnipeg: expectation. Throughout the Jets’ seven-year tenure in Manitoba’s capital, many of the faithful were simply overjoyed to have the big league back in town. But challenging for the Presidents’ Trophy and then ousting the very team that bested them in the regular season, the division-rival Nashville Predators, to earn a berth in the Western Conference final has hopes soaring higher than a CF-18 Hornet over a jam-packed Winnipeg Whiteout. After getting a taste of playoff success, and coming closer to Stanley Cup glory than any NHL team the city has played host to in the league’s 100-year history, means the Jets – not to mention their fans – will no longer be content with simply contending for a post-season berth. The…