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The next team was one of my favourites in the Western Association when I was very young. I still remember watching Bill Guerin, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco and Mike Modano play on television. I didn't see them often and the few times I had the chance to see them in action, I couldn't watch the whole game because it started a little later. Since then, I've drifted apart this team even though they are full of talent. I like their style of play, but a few teams have taken their place in my heart. I am thinking of the Edmonton Oilers, which I particularly like. Let's see what's in store for the Texas team next season.
If you've been following all my other NHL team reviews so far, you'll have noticed that with the exception of my favourite team, Montreal, I pick the teams alphabetically to do my little reviews. To close the letter C, all that's left are the Columbus Blue Jackets. This mysterious team that rarely makes the first pages due to the talent it contains, but that always succeeds in giving a competitive team to its fans for the last few years. It hasn't always been sunny for the Ohio team, but they've pulled themselves out of the abyss.
Now it's time to take a look at the former Quebec Nordiques, the Colorado Avalanche. One of the best formations in the national league and one that many experts announced as favourites in the last playoffs. The team led by Jared Bednar was eliminated by the Dallas Stars in the Western Association final. A surprise defeat that will certainly motivate the Colorado troops for next season. For this shortened season, anything is possible and this formation can, once again, aspire to the great honours.
Let’s now turn to one of the most dominant franchises of the 2010s. Between the 2008-09 and 2014-15 seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups and made it to the final of the West Conference on two more occasions. After winning the Cup for the first time in 2010 against Pittsburgh, Chicago did it again in 2013 and 2015 against Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. Since then, there has been no presence in the second round. The Hawks are currently being rebuilt, and I think it is well underway.
The Carolina Hurricanes, that fresh wind that hit the NHL a few years ago. A team that puts a bit of craziness into a league with some owners who are a bit conservative of the good old hockey traditions. Whether you like it or not, it was a big deal in the hockey world at the time. The critics have calmed down and their attitude is now well known throughout the league. The Golden Knights followed this trend from the moment they arrived in the league. I personally find this change to be positive and it was appreciate by many hockey fans. Let's talk about the team now and make sure to check the ins-and-outs.
The Calgary Flames are the first team from Western Canada that I will be analyzing. They've been a good team for the past few years, but can't find the right youth-veteran mix that is needed to go far in the postseason playoffs. A team with all the necessary assets offensively and that can count on a young core of forward players. Have they improved their chances with the acquisitions that were made during the off-season?
It's been a while since the Buffalo Sabres were a team to be taken seriously. We must go back to 2007 to see Buffalo win a playoff round. Since that year, they only qualified twice, but each time they lost in the first round. So in the last 13 years, two playoff appearances and two first round losses. Can the 2021 team can turn it around? What change since last season? That's what we'll try to answer in the following text.
As you already know, my favourite team is the Montreal Canadian. So because of that I can only hate Boston. I can still be objective when I talk about a hockey team no matter how bad I hate them when they play my team. The Bruins aren't an exception and I will make a fair overview of the Massachusetts's team. Therefore, let's determine if Boston upgraded in the offseason.