Every NHL team and their fans optimistically look toward a new season expecting improvement. While some clubs will reach or exceed their goals, others will experience disappointment.
Of those teams, some are non-playoff clubs whose hopes for contention will be dashed. Some are marginal postseason contenders who will fail to take the next step in their respective developments. Others have championship aspirations but will fall short of their targets.
Here's a look at the NHL teams doomed to disappoint in 2015-16, listing their records last season, their notable offseason moves and analysis of why they won't meet expectations. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below.