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Goalies, scoring depth among Canucks questions

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks reshaped their roster with several trades this offseason after losing in six games to the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Longtime defenseman Kevin Bieksa is gone, as are goalie Eddie Lack and forwards Zack Kassian and Shawn Matthias. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin remain as the Canucks' core players.

General manager Jim Benning said the roster shakeup will make Vancouver better equipped for the postseason and open spots for young players. It will be up to second-year coach Willie Desjardins to put the pieces together.

Here are three questions facing the Canucks entering the season:

Horvat, prospects, Sedins have Canucks optimistic

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER – After a quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and an offseason of hand-wringing after two popular players were traded, Vancouver Canucks fans could use some good news.

Look no further than 20-year-old center Bo Horvat and several promising prospects set to soon follow him into the NHL. Of course, there's also Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

Here are four reasons to be optimistic about the Canucks:

Canucks believe they're better equipped for playoffs

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

VANCOUVER -- After entering the offseason vowing to get younger, the Vancouver Canucks confused many of their fans this summer with some unpopular trades that left them older at several positions.

General manager Jim Benning said the moves will open spots for young players and address shortcomings identified in a six-game loss to the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round.

The Canucks traded two popular players, goalie Eddie Lack and defenseman Kevin Bieksa; cost-effective center Nick Bonino; promising but inconsistent power forward Zack Kassian; and defense prospect Adam Clendening. Coming to Vancouver are center Brandon Sutter, forward Brandon Prust and draft picks.

Matthias excited to play for Babcock, Maple Leafs

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 9:17 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Center Shawn Matthias is excited to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

"Any new team you come to, you want to do your best," Matthias told the Toronto Sun on Friday. "But for me to come here and play in front of friends and family ... I don't want to play awful because there will be lots of people critiquing my game. In the other markets, you wouldn't have had all these cameras here today, (reporters) asking me questions. But it's special to be home. I don't take it for granted. I have to be responsible and accountable."

Capitals added players with playoffs in mind

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals spent this offseason trying to fix what went wrong in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

Since selecting Alex Ovechkin with the first pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Washington has been one win from advancing to the Eastern Conference Final three times (2009, 2012, 2015), but the Capitals haven't been able to earn that victory.

Ovechkin turns 30 on Sept. 17, so the time for Washington is now.

"I felt the window to win with him was 10 years old," Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said in July. "He's a fantastic player. He plays hard all the time, and I feel I haven't met my commitment to him, that we would build a team that would be able to win Stanley Cups."

Backstrom's health among questions facing Capitals

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- By adding forwards Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie this offseason, the Washington Capitals hope they've completed a team that can withstand the rigors of playoff hockey and is good enough to win the Stanley Cup.

But there are plenty of lingering issues for the Capitals, from the way their lineup will be constructed to who will be in it.

Here are three questions facing the Capitals this season:

Washington Capitals fantasy hockey outlook

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin should be the first player taken in every fantasy draft this fall, and deservedly so. His 53 goals last season were 10 more than Steven Stamkos (43); his 25 power play goals were six more than Joe Pavelski (19); and his 395 shots on goal were 91 more than Rick Nash (304). He led the league with 15 multi-goal games, 27 multi-point games and had at least one shot on goal in each of the 81 games he played in. In 2013-14, Ovechkin's major flaw was his minus-35 rating, but he certainly corrected that under new head coach Barry Trotz and finished with a plus-10 rating last season. And with T.J. Oshie potentially lining up alongside Ovechkin, he could end up with even better statistics this season. Over the past five seasons, Ovechkin leads the NHL with 206 goals, 85 power play goals, 1,671 shots on goal and his 366 points are second (Claude Giroux has 376). His 209 penalty minutes during that span are 33rd most. Anything outside of being Yahoo's top fantasy player next season would be a disappointment for Ovechkin. If you're lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick in your draft, you should select Ovechkin with confidence.

Holtby, new forwards have Capitals optimistic

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In Barry Trotz's first season as coach of the Washington Capitals, he got them back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they missed the year before.

This season, there are many reasons to believe they'll be a legitimate contender to win Stanley Cup.

Here are four reasons the Capitals can be so optimistic:

Vrana, Bowey among Capitals' top five prospects

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals bulked up their prospect pool by selecting goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, a surprising move considering how deep they are at the position.

Several prospects, notably Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey, will play for Hershey of the American Hockey League this season, on what could be the youngest Bears team in 10 years.

Young talent in the AHL means the Capitals will have options for recalls.

Here is a look at the Capitals' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Wild assistant coach Sydor arrested

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 6:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday in Fridley, Minn., on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Wild issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

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