Who will be the best Canadian team next year?

Published August 12, 2021 at 9:37 PM

With the middle of August upon us, it's already starting to feel like the next NHL season is upon us. With training camps starting in just over a month, we can start to analyze each team in terms of newcomers and departures for each of them.

With the multitude of moves on many teams this summer, some teams have improved greatly while others have not really been able to pick up missing pieces to move forward.

As for the Winnipeg Jets, they were very active on the trade market before the free agent market opened. They were able to acquire two good defensemen, Brendan Dillon and Nate Schmidt. These additions will be a big help to the Jets' blue line which, let's face it, was not at its best last year.

With these additions, TSN reporter Jesse Pollock believes the Jets are the best team in Canada right now.

However, there is room for doubt! The Leafs still have some big guns in their lineup like Matthews, Marner and Tavares. The Oilers have also made some interesting additions like Zach Hyman, formerly with the Leafs, and veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this summer.

As for the Habs, Dominique Ducharme's team will have to prove itself again. The departure of Phillip Danault and the injury to Shea Weber will surely have an impact on the team's performance. The first few weeks of the season will show if the additions of David Savard and Mike Hoffman will be enough to fill the holes left by these players. And let's not forget the return of Jonathan Drouin who could greatly help the Habs.

Who do you think will be the best Canadian team for the 2021-2022 season?
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