When Will Your NHL Team Make a Stanley Cup Run?

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When Will Your NHL Team Make a Stanley Cup Run?
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There's a reason the same two teams have claimed the Stanley Cup in four of the last five seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have used a mix of veterans and youth, speed, skill and grit to their advantage while earning appreciation as modern-day dynasties in the National Hockey League.

So looking at the other rosters and prospect pools across the league, when might the rest of the competition catch up?

Scouring through depth charts and prospect pools, looking at player trends and contracts, and using some good old-fashioned educated guesswork, we've got an idea of when you can expect your team to challenge for more than just a playoff berth — making a run for the Stanley Cup.

Keep in mind the league is as balanced as it has ever been and even a team as strong as the St. Louis Blues can be bounced in the first round with the new division format, so place bets at your own risk.

Read on to see our windows for each team's next Stanley Cup run.

 

Contracts courtesy of CapGeek.com with statistics via NHL.com.

Steve Macfarlane has covered the NHL for more than a decade, including seven seasons following the Flames for the Calgary Sun. Follow him on Twitter @macfarlaneHKY.

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