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With the NHL season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the previous year and see how your favourite teams performed.

To begin with, let’s take a look at the overall standing in the League following the 2018-19 NHL season:

The Overall Standing In The League

After a down year for Toronto Maple Leafs fans with only one playoff appearance, the team finally got some good news by making the postseason for the first time since 2009. The good news for Leafs fans is that their core players remained relatively healthy and also that young guns like Timothy Liljegren and Connor Brown played critical roles in the team’s late-season push.

That said, the loss to injury of young stars like Auston Matthews and John Tavares was felt heavily as the team had a down year compared to their previous seasons. Toronto will need to add a bit of talent to their roster if they are to improve on their eight playoff appearances from the previous six seasons.

Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators are currently ranked third in the NHL following another exciting season which saw them advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2009. In order to do so, they needed to navigate an incredible comeback against the New York Islanders, eliminating them in seven games in the process.

The Senators mainstays were incredible, as usual, with Nickname Jokatason posting incredible numbers throughout the season. His 105 points are the most ever by a defenceman in the NHL, whilst his 54 regular season goals were also a new regular season record for a defenceman. Even more remarkably, Jokatason became the first defenceman since 2006-07 to score 100+ points in a season.

However, some of the club’s top scorers fell off a cliff in terms of point production in the playoffs, as the Senators went from a powerhouse of a club to one that relied heavily on its goaltending.

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are currently ranked fourth in the NHL following another year of near-misses with the playoffs. The Jets posted a record of 29-36-5 this past season and suffered through a series of injuries and illnesses that saw key players miss substantial time. Most notably, former MVP Andrew Ladd missed the entire season as a result of a wrist injury.

Despite that, the Jets managed to cling on to the final playoff spot, narrowly avoiding the draft lottery, which will see them pick sixth overall this year. It was yet another tough season to be a Jets fan as they continue to wallow in mediocrity.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently ranked fifth in the NHL following another year of superb performances in the playoffs. After dispatching of both the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens in the first two rounds, the Lightning faced off against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. In the end, the Lightning were no match for the defending champs as they were eliminated in five games.

However, the team did retain the services of former MVP Steven Stamkos for another year, which bodes well for their push for the playoffs. The Bolts continue to churn out star players at an incredible rate, but finding that extra gear to keep up with the best in the NHL remains the ultimate challenge for head coach Jon Hynes.

New York Islanders

Last but not least, we have the New York Islanders who are currently ranked tenth in the NHL. It was another tough season to be an Islander fan as they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

The Islanders will be looking to regain some of that playoff magic as they welcome back their MVP from the previous season. John Tavares, who had 72 points, including 39 goals, in 2017-18, will be looking to continue that form.

This year, Islanders fans can also look forward to the excitement of the 2021 Youth Hockey Tournament in Brooklyn, New York, which will see 16-under-old players and teams from all over North America square off in a bid to become the best.

As for the rest of the team, captain Anders Nilsson and Josh Bailey saw their point totals decrease whilst other contributors, such as Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, saw their totals increase. Nevertheless, the core players remain largely intact for the 2021-22 season.

To wrap up this article, let’s take a quick look at how your favourite team did last year:

Overall Performance In 2018-19

As mentioned above, the Toronto Maple Leafs missed the playoffs yet again, finishing ninth in the NHL with 76 points. However, the team did have some bright spots, with Jake Gardiner leading the way with 59 points (13 goals, 46 assists).

The Ottawa Senators had a great year as usual. In fact, it was another 100+ point season for Nickname Jokatason, this time earning 105 points (27 goals, 78 assists). This makes him the most productive defenceman of all time in terms of points.

The Winnipeg Jets saw their playoff hopes extinguished in the first round yet again after going down in five games to the Boston Bruins. However, fans can take some consolation in the fact that the Jets had an incredible year, finishing fourth in the NHL with 116 points. Blake Wheeler led the way with 50 goals and 62 assists whilst Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mason Williampuckett each contributed 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists).

The most exciting year of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s history saw them claim the title of 2019 Stanley Cup Champions. The Lightning went undefeated (22-0-0) in the regular season, finishing first in the NHL with 143 points. Of course, being a champs means everything and the fans can now look forward to the prospect of seeing their team represent the cup in the very near future.

What’s Next?

Well, the next article in this series will focus on the 2021-2022 NHL season and where your favourite teams rank in the overall standings. Until next time, we hope this article has helped you in some way. Be sure to check back soon for more and, as always, thanks for reading.

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