The NHL playoffs are almost through the first round and so far thigns have been surprsiing as strong teams have been easily taken care of while teams that had no chance are having an impact.
The first few games of the playoffs allowed for an insight into the differences between youth and veterans on teams as the young teams stumbled out of the block but aren’t entirely out of it as the first round continues.
Last year the NHL saw no Canadian teams make the playoffs but that trend has turned the opposite direction as there could be five of the seven Canadian teams in the playoffs this year.
Canadian teams have struggled to get back to the top of the league in recent years but the start of the season is giving promise that a Stanley Cup could return to Canada sooner rather than later.
The youth movement in the NHL continues to take over and opening night in 2016 showed that in a big way with great performances from young superstars.
The NHL season is about to begin and throughout the season there will be plenty to watch for as the league continues to grow and look to the future with a new season approaching.
The NHL Playoffs were not the focus for at least one day this week as the NHL Draft Lottery took the headlines with one team getting a chance to change their franchise for the foreseeable future.
North of the border fans are panicking as the playoffs begin without a Canadian team but it is not a reflection of Canadian hockey as the make-up of every successful team shows.
There is no league that depends more on their young talent than in the NHL where young players are spending less time in the minor leagues.
The Pacific Division is one of the most interesting in the NHL ever since it was put together two years ago.