Breaking Down the NHL Teams with the Bleakest Futures

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Breaking Down the NHL Teams with the Bleakest Futures
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The Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils may be in for difficult times for the foreseeable future.

We can look at a young team like the Edmonton Oilers and see that they have a boatload of young talent on the roster.

Perhaps Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov will never become a dominant team that wins championships, but it's difficult to watch them play and come to the conclusion that the struggling Oilers don't have much brighter days ahead.

On the other hand, there are several teams that may not have the youth or depth that is likely to give them future success.

One good trade or one superior draft pick may be enough to turn them around, but the following five teams seem likely to struggle during the foreseeable future.

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