A major overhaul during the offseason seems to be working in that direction, but defense is the biggest issue plaguing the Canucks this season.
Travis Hamonic will not be on the ice for the season opener after being placed on waivers, the team announced Monday. Olli Juolevi has been traded to Florida for forward Juho Lammikko and defenders Noah Juulsen and Tucker Poolman will have to make face the pressure of overcoming a lackluster year.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson should brush things off after being acquired in a Coyotes .
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 9: Gabriel Vilardi # 13 of the Los Angeles Kings shoots the puck in a penalty shootout against the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center on the 9th October 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein / NHLI via Images) (Andrew D. Bernstein / NHLI via Images)
Kings captain Anze Kopitar said Los Angeles is done with the rebuild and is ready to "make some noise", and that Los Angeles has certainly taken the necessary steps during the offseason to pleading for being serious playoff contenders this season.
The Kings have gone straight to the vets to make an immediate impact. Kopitar and Dustin Brown will be joined by Phillip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson while the veteran Alexander Edler will come to offer the direction to the young defenseman.
The Kings will likely share goaltending duties between Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen, although 2021 could prove to be a year of transition.
KENT, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 02: Nathan Bastian # 14 of the Seattle Kraken fights in net with No. 58 Calgary Flames Oliver Kylington in the first period of a game between the Calgary Flames and the Seattle Kraken at the Accesso ShoWare Center on October 02, 2021 in Kent, Washington . (Photo by Christopher Mast / NHLI via Images) (Christopher Mast / NHLI via Images)
The Flames are one of the teams this A year in which the season could legitimately go one way or the other: booming or plummeting, the focus will be on the team's forwards to tip the scales in Calgary's favor.
Despite the shortened season, Johnny Gaudreau was way off the scoring mark last season, having 49 points (19 goals and 30 assists) compared to 58 points in previous seasons (18 goals and 40 passes). Both are far from his career record in 2018-19 when he had 99 points (36 goals and 63).
Forwards Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk are in the same situation.
Blake Coleman could be the boost Calgary needs, having signed a $ 29.4million contract dollars over six years this summer.
FILE - In this archive photo on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, San Jose Sharks left winger Evander Kane (9) watches during an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in San Jose, Calif. The NHL did found no evidence that San Jose Sh Arches forward Evander Kane bet on NHL games or attempted to pitch games after investigating his ex-wife's allegations. survey Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, File) ((AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, File))
The problems off the ice seem to be the Sharks 'biggest problem this season. Evander Kane, the team ' s top scorer last season, has been left out of the squad.tion of the team at the opening night. First accused of betting on NHL games, Kane is currently under investigation by the league into allegations that he used a fake vaccine card.
Tomas Hertl is entering the season with the Sharks, but this could be his last following unresolved contract negotiations that are complicated by San Jose's ceiling situation.
The good news is Logan Couture, Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson can easily take over, and making the playoffs could be motivation for Hertl to get the deal he's considering.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 9: John Gibson # 36 of the Anaheim Ducks protects goal during premiere period against the Los Angeles Kings at the STAPLES Center on October 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein / NHLI via Images (Andrew D. Bernstein / NHLI via Images )
It sounds strange to say, but the Ducks will have to score if they want to win. For a team thatranked last in goals per game, the Ducks have had a relatively quiet offseason. In fact, Anaheim 's top scorers were Max Comtois and Adam Henrique who scored a total of 28 goals. .
The Ducks are no doubt counting on their young forwards to increase production, but they end at the bottom of their