1993, the most recent year in which a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup. That's right, it's been 24 years since a Canadian team has won Lord Stanley. The closest a team has gotten since then, are the Vancouver Canucks in 1994, when they lost in 7 games to the Rangers, Calgary when they lost to Tampa Bay in 7 games, and Vancouver again in 2011 when they lost in 7 to Boston. In total, a Canadian team has only made it to the finals 4 times since 1993. Most recently, the 2016-17 season, the closest Canadian team to the Cup was the Ottawa Senators, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. So the past hasn't been to good, however the future looks very bright, I mean the very near future. I'm going to go over every team's chances, in my opinion.
Calgary - We'll start in Calgary with the Flames. What isn't there to look forward to if you're a Flames fan? They are a young team, with one of the best defensive cores in the league. Also, adding a veteran goalie in Mike Smith helps. Their forward core isn't too bad either, with players like Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Bennet, all young players that have amazing potential. Do I see the Flames winning a Cup in the next 5-10 years? Yes.
Edmonton - Next up, we have the Oilers. Not much to talk about here. The Oilers have an amazing goalie, that can help take them make it all the way. Up front, they have outstanding players like Nugent-Hopkins, Puljujarvi, Maroon, Kassian, Lucic, Draisaitl, and most importantly, a guy by the name of Connor McDavid, some of them are young, and some of them have good experience. The Oilers will win a cup very soon. Do I see them winning a Cup in the next 5-10 years? Most definitely.
Montreal - Montreal, the team with the most cups. They have been most people's picks to be the next Canadian team to win the cup for a while now, however I wouldn't say that's the same anymore. Montreal is a weird situation in my opinion. They did lose Radulov, but they gained Drouin. But for several years now, their offense hasn't been able to help Price. They've also lost some key assets on D, in Markov and Emelin. I still do think they can win the cup soon, but not in the next 5 years. Do I see the Habs winning the Cup in the next 5 years? Maybe. In the next 10 years? Yes, if they keep Price, and improve on offence. You never know, they may even win it as soon as in the next 3 years, but I just don't see that happening.
Ottawa - Canada's capital, my team. Losers in the ECF, in 7 games last season, to the eventual champions. Still being under looked, like always. If they lock up Karlsson, they should be contenders. They have solid goaltending in Anderson, and Condon. Defense will be good, Karlsson, Chabot, a more improved Ceci, Claesson, Wideman, Oduya, and more. Not too bad. People don't credit Ottawa's offense as much as it deserves. Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, JG Pageau and many more rising players. Just because they don't have ONE player like Crosby or McDavid, doesn't make them any less of a threat. And a coach like Guy Boucher is the cherry on top. The Senators have a Stanley Cup capable team, and soon, us Sens fans will finally get rewarded for sticking with this team. Do I see Ottawa winning the Cup in the next 5-10 years? Yes
Toronto - They've definitely gotten better, and their fans will tell you that, a lot. With players like Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Bozak, and many more great players, the Leafs will win the cup soon. Their goalie, Freddie Andersen is definitely a goalie to rely on, and a goalie that can help you win the biggest prize in hockey. If they can add a good defenseman, then they're pretty much set. Especially with a coach like Babcock, and some veteran players that they're adding. And honestly, their fans deserve success for sticking with them and being loyal (If only they were a little less annoying). Do I see the Leafs winning the Cup in the next 5-10 years? Yes.
Vancouver - Well, Vancouver is the one team that's headed in a complete different way than the other 6 teams. In my opinion, their last chance for a while was in 2011. They are just beginning their rebuild, and it wont be fun for them or their fans. Do I see the Canucks winning a Cup in the next 5-10 years? No.
Winnipeg - They're heading in the right direction. With Laine, Scheifele, Wheeler and more, they'll be good. They also added a solid goalie in Steve Mason. They won't be the next Canadian team to win a cup, but they will win it eventually. Do I see the Jets winning the cup in the next 5 years? No In the next 10 years? Yes.
So it looks like Canada should be set. With almost every team heading in the same direction, and that's a very good direction. The Pacific division will have Edmonton and Calgary in the top 3 for sure, for years to come. And the Atlantic will have Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto in the top 4, for years to come. So I say get excited Canada, the Cup is coming home, very soon. What do you think on this topic? Let me know in the Instagram comments!
August 26, 2017
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